Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures
In December, 2016, Quest University Canada 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 sexual misconduct policy also reflects Quest’s commitment to diversity and equity.
The Advisory Group engaged the Quest community in conversations via a community update; student, staff and faculty discussion forums; and online input. The Quest Board of Governors approved the Sexual Misconduct Policy on May 5, 2017.
The Advisory Group continued working with Kim Hart, taking into account the comments and suggestions received from members of the Quest community during the policy consultation, to finalize procedures to accompany the policy. The Sexual Misconduct Policy Procedureswere finalized in April 2018.
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 policy, procedures 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