Sexual Misconduct Policy
In December, 2016, Quest had established an Advisory Group comprised of students, staff and faculty to work with an external consultant, Kim Hart, on developing a sexual misconduct policy. This built on the work that Quest had already done to review and revise its Human Rights Policy. The new policy also reflects Quest’s commitment to diversity and equity.
Over the last several months the Advisory Group engaged the Quest community in conversations via a community update; student, staff and faculty discussion forums; and online input.
We are pleased to announce that the Quest Board of Governors approved the Sexual Misconduct Policy on May 5, 2017. The Advisory Group is in the process of finalizing procedures and an education plan that will accompany the policy, taking into account the comments and suggestions we received from members of the Quest community during the policy consultation. The Advisory Group will continue to work with external consultant Kim Hart on finalizing these procedures by early summer. In the fall, we will continue to engage the Quest community for input on these procedures.
All forms of sexual misconduct have the potential to jeopardize the mental, physical and emotional welfare of members of our community. The collective aim of the university’s new policy and its ongoing sexual misconduct response and education efforts is to provide members of our community with a safe, supportive, and respectful environment in which to live, learn, and work.
The BC government requires all public post-secondary institutions and private post-secondary institutions with residences to develop and implement a sexual misconduct policy by May 19, 2017. To meet the requirements of the legislation, Quest’s policy must address both prevention of sexual misconduct and processes for responding to complaints. Quest’s sexual misconduct policy must also fit within the University’s existing policy framework, and reflect and respond to Quest’s unique circumstances and perspectives.
BC Government: Bill 23 – 2016: Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act