Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Sexual assault is any form of sexual touching or the threat of sexual touching without the individual’s consent. Sexual assault is a crime and never the fault of the survivor.
UBC strives to maintain a respectful environment where its members can study, work and live free from sexual misconduct. In support of this, the University has a Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy #131), which:
- sets out the principles the University will adhere to with regard to sexual misconduct,
- articulates conduct expectations for all members of the UBC community; and,
- outlines the process the University will follow when responding to and investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.
Learn more about Policy #131 and recent updates on implementation of the policy.
Get Support—Students, faculty and staff
If you have been sexually assaulted or have experienced sexual misconduct, know that it is not your fault. UBC offers options for a safe and supportive environment to access help and learn about the resources and choices available to you.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office Okanagan
The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office is a single point of contact and liaison for UBC students, faculty and staff who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other form of sexual violence or misconduct.
If you have experienced a sexual assault the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) can provide confidential personal support, facilitate referrals to campus and community resources, and identify and coordinate appropriate accommodations.
This office can also provide information on reporting options and support through the reporting process.
If you are supporting a survivor, the SVPRO can also provide information and support to you in this role.
To make an appointment, you can contact Shilo St. Cyr, Director of SVPRO Okanagan:
In-person: Nicola Townhome 120, 1290 International Mews
Submit a Report
Reporting for all UBC Community Members (all campuses, learning and research sites)
Reports of sexual assault or misconduct against a member of the UBC community, must be submitted to the Director of Investigations, who will do an initial review to determine whether the allegations fall within UBC’s jurisdiction to investigate, and if so, will appoint an investigator to investigate or refer the matter to an alternative resolution process.
Anyone directly subjected to sexual assault or misconduct, including an individual who is not a member of the UBC community, can make a report against a member of the UBC Community under Policy 131.
If you wish to submit a report, you can contact Myrna McCallum, Director of Investigations:
Once you have contacted the Director of Investigations, she will conduct an initial review to determine if UBC has jurisdiction to investigate. If it is determined that UBC has jurisdiction, the Director of Investigations will follow the review and investigations procedures outlined in Sections 3 and 4 of Policy 131.
Information on getting support or reporting for Vancouver Campus community members is available at http://sexualviolenceresponse.ubc.ca.
Contacts and resources:
Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office (Okanagan)
In-person: Nicola Townhome 120, 1290 International Mews
UBC Okanagan Health and Wellness
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday,
University Centre UNC 337
Kelowna General Hospital – Sexual Assault Care
2268 Pandosy Street
VictimLinkBC (24 hours a day & 7 days a week)
UBC Okanagan Campus Security (Emergency)
UBC Okanagan Campus Security (Non Emergency)
UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program
Shepell Care Access Centre
Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct
Sexual Misconduct is any sexual act or act targeting an individual’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against an individual without that individual’s consent. Examples of Sexual Misconduct include the following:
- Sexual assault, which is any form of sexual touching or the threat of sexual touching without the individual’s consent;
- Sexual harassment, which is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that detrimentally affects the working, learning, or living environment, or leads to adverse consequences for the one directly subjected to the harassment;
- Stalking, which is engaging in conduct that causes an individual to fear for their physical or psychological safety, such as repeatedly following or communicating through any means with someone, engaging in threatening conduct, or keeping watch over the place where the individual happens to be;
- Indecent exposure, which is exposing one’s body to another individual for a sexual purpose or coercing another individual to remove their clothing in order to expose their body, without their Consent;
- Voyeurism, which is non-consensual viewing, photographing, or otherwise recording another individual in a location where there is an expectation of privacy and where the viewing, photographing or recording is done for a sexual purpose; and
- The distribution of a sexually explicit photograph or recording of an individual to one or more individuals other than the individual in the photograph or recording without the consent of the individual in the photograph or recording.
Is freely given and can be revoked at any time.
- Consent cannot be:
- assumed or implied from silence or the absence of ‘no.‘ There is no consent if the person doesn’t reply.
- given if a person is affected by alcohol or drugs, or is unconscious. There is no consent if someone is impaired, incapacitated, asleep, or passed out.
- obtained through threats or coercion. There is no consent if the person is manipulated, pressured, or threatened.
- obtained if someone abuses a position of trust, power, or authority. There is no consent if someone uses a position of power or authority to get someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity.
- Is revocable at any time. Consent does not exist if someone has said ‘yes,’ but then says ‘no’ later with words or body language.
- Does not exist if someone has said ‘no’ with words or body language.
Learn more and check-out UBC’s Consent is Clear campaign.