UMFA fights against bill that would allow MB to withhold funding over sexual violence policy

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) is fighting a new bill that the Winnipeg Free Press says would enable the Government of Manitoba to withhold funding from postsecondary institutions that do not adopt a sexual violence policy that meets its requirements. UMFA President Orvie Dingwall said that the bill was introduced without faculty or administration consultation and that there are already regulations in place to address sexual- or gender-based violence. Dingwall also expressed concerns that the bill would put funding at risk. MB Advanced Education Minister Renee Cable argued that the bill will keep students safe by increasing accountability. UMFA, along with the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations, the Brandon University Faculty Association, and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association have reportedly registered to speak at the committee stage of the bill process.

Winnipeg Free Press