It becomes more about the school than it is about the student
Participant 1: I'm going to add something directly to what you just said about how it's discouraged to talk to the police. I agree with that because when I went through this with my friend who was assaulted, it was never brought up. It was all on her to say, "I don't know if I want this to go to the police," but nobody actually told her that was an option. I feel like it becomes more about the school than it is about the student. That's the first thing you see when something comes out in the news: "MSVU student." It's not about the person; it is more about upholding the status that the school has built. So that is concerning to me because if you are involved in a very traumatic and violent event, it has to reach a point where someone says, "I think you should go to the police." It's not like you can force them to do that, because it is at the student's discretion, but I think that it is really important that they know it is an option if this is something that has - it changes your life. [...]
Participant 2: Nobody asked if I was okay; nobody asked if I needed medical attention; nobody said "do you want to report to police?" It was all about keeping it internal.
Describe possible legal and institutional consequences for respondents found to have engaged in sexual violence. Provide indication of the range of consequences likely to follow a range of policy violations.
Engage external investigators to adjudicate all sexual assault cases. Describe the process by which investigators are selected within the policy. Communicate this process to complainants and respondents.
Identify how long reports are kept on file and the process involved if/when responding to a report concerning a previously accused respondent.