UBC has released statistics on the number of disclosures and reports made to the university over the past year, during the time that the new sexual assault policy has been in place.
Amidst talks of implementation, Policy 131 is also up for its first review, which UBC committed to conduct one year after the policy came into effect and then every three years following.
“It really is a failure that we are now a year into this policy, and I don’t think that we’re better off from when we passed the policy.” So what went wrong?
Statistics show alarmingly high rates of sexual misconduct within the Greek community, and women are speaking out about a culture of silencing and internal resolutions. So why doesn’t UBC see the Greeks as its responsibility?
One of two men who were arrested in the April 2016 sexual assault of three women in Wesbrook Village was acquitted yesterday by the BC Supreme Court. Yuan Zhi Gao, a former UBC student, was charged with breaking-and-entering with the intent to commit sexual assault.
UBC is working to establish a separate trust, which will ideally let the university invest hugely in their own student housing without the caps of provincial borrowing. After working for years to come up with alternative funding solutions without real success, this may finally allow the university to fund an accelerated construction of student residences.
In conjunction with the opening of the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC), UBC President Santa Ono apologized yesterday for the university’s institutionalized support of the injustices that happened to Indigenous people in residential schools.
After a trial period that spanned the last two weeks, Sekhon was acquitted because the Crown could not provide evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” required for a conviction.
Although every referenda question received a majority of “yes” votes, only two received enough total votes to pass the required 8 per cent quorum. During the results announcements at the Pit, every question was announced as “passed” but soon after several sources contacted The Ubyssey to insist that this was not the case.
There are four referendum questions on the elections ballot this year, covering a wide range of topics: the extension of current U-Pass contract, the restructuring of AMS fees, the removal of student court from AMS bylaws and the creation of the Sustainable Food Access Fund. The first three have already been endorsed by the AMS.
The Board election is governed by a specific set of rules: instead of students being able to abstain from or vote “no” to an uncontested candidate as in the case of AMS elections, Malone and Gattinger are “acclaimed” as elected, meaning that they automatically get the seats.
Jeanie Malone, biomedical engineering graduate student and Board of Governors student member, is re-running for election to the Board after a year of lessons learned. Malone’s goals for the coming year are pretty consistent with last year’s platform’s emphasis on the student experience and transparency, but with an acknowledgement of the challenges that lie in the year ahead.
Jakob Gattinger is ready to take his frustrations with UBC governance bureaucracy and throw himself into a new role with the Board of Governors. As someone who ran for the race — and lost — last year, he has since then accrued new experience in the form of a Senate seat and a brief stint as interim VP Academic and University Affairs.
During the Great Debate, unchallenged incumbent Jeanie Malone and newcomer Jakob Gattinger got the chance to bring up their key concerns with the portfolio and the coming year.
With the knowledge that the race is uncontested, the Board of Governors debate — with incumbent Jeanie Malone and newcomer Jakob Gattinger — was relatively laidback.