Addressing Sexual Violence on University Campuses
March 9th, 2017
Focusing on policy developments in recent years, this roundtable discussed the persistent problem of sexual violence on university campuses. Members of the University of Toronto Governing Council and the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union were in attendance to offer their insights. The discussion centred on several challenges with regard to building policy innovation, such as the governance challenges associated with Canadian policy roles in particular, and used comparative lessons in North American to generate ideas. The roundtable also highlighted the importance of the lived experiences of those who experience violence and the need for policy interventions to be flexible to the needs of students. As such, a major implication of the discussion is that policies should be developed in an iterative process and policy decisions should be considered as living documents that can be adjusted to better meet the realities of university communities. This means a call for all orders of government to use consultative, bottom-up, and student-driven efforts to continue the important work of building a fair and responsive system.