Community Update — Mount Allison Sexual violence prevention action plans
Following an extensive review, Mount Allison University released updated procedures around sexualized violence as well as a policy draft this Fall. Both these documents are posted to the University’s website:
The revised policy can be found at https://mta.ca/sexualized-violence-policy-1006-draft
Procedures, outlining specific steps for how to safely disclose or report an incident, along with additional survivor support options can be found at: https://mta.ca/current-students/health-and-wellness/sexualized-violence-services
The new policy framework is a major step forward and incorporates current and best-practice approaches. Both the policy and updated procedures are the results of an incredible amount of work and commitment from individuals and departments across campus. Many steps have been taken to get to this point including:
- Internal and external reviews of University policies and practices around sexual violence prevention and diversity and inclusion on campus
- The adoption of REES (Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors), a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week centralized online reporting and information platform that provides increased options for students, staff, and faculty to report sexual violence
- The addition of two full-time staff members in the area of sexual violence prevention, education, and response. Dr. Tasia Alexopoulos joined Mount Allison as the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Co-ordinator in 2021 while Jade Lister began this fall as the Sexual Violence Response, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant. Both Tasia and Jade bring expertise to their roles and collaborate with departments across campus to support both students and faculty/staff.
While much has been accomplished over the last two years and previously, the road towards change is ongoing. Thank you to all members of the University community for your work and dedication to bringing this change to Mount Allison. The new policy, procedures, and resources are all important steps forward.
All Mount Allison community members are invited to review the Sexual Violence Policy Draft and provide feedback by Oct. 21. Community feedback is critical to ensuring the policy reflects all of group and individual needs.
The final approval of this policy rests with the University’s Board of Regents. Their review of the policy is underway with final approval being sought later this fall.