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What are Canadian Universities Actually Doing About Sexual Assault?

Date: August 5th, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Thomas Lounge
63 Gould Street: Oakham House- Ryerson University

**Donations will be accepted to assist with costs associated with the human rights complaint meeting**

Sexual assault at universities and colleges across Canada has become a pressing issue for provincial governments and university administrators. Universities are spending thousands of dollars on ‘prevention’ (read: security) and consent education programs (read: putting up posters and one-time workshops of dubious quality), but what is actually happening on campuses across the country? Provincial governments across Canada are legislating that universities institute sexual assault policies, but what happens when the policy is incapable of helping those that they are supposed to assist? 

This panel will hear directly from students who have reported gendered violence at campuses across Canada (University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill, Mount St. Vincent University and York University). Three of the panellists have since filed human rights complaints against their respective universities, arguing that the failure to respond to disclosures of sexual assault in a manner that is trauma-informed and efficient is a form of systemic gender discrimination. 

The panellists will discuss what is happening on their campuses; their activism around the issue; the lack of support they have received from university administration, faculty, women's organizations and student groups; and the changes they want to see in how universities respond to disclosures of sexual assault nationwide.

Faciliatated by: Arezoo Najibzadeh


Ellie Ade Kur is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto. Ellie is a founding member of Silence is Violence U of T.

Glynnis Kirchmeier is an alumna of the University of British Columbia. She has filed a Human Rights Complaint on behalf of any person who has ever alleged sexual harassment, discrimination or assault to UBC - the first third party complaint of this nature filed in Canada.

Tarrah McPherson will discuss the university response to her dislcosure of sexual assault and the case infront of the Human Rights Commission Nova Scotia. 

Mandi Gray is a PhD student in Sociology at York University. Mandi is a founding member of Silence is Violence York U. Mandi is also a complainant in a case currently before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal arguing that York University systemically discriminates against women following the disclosure of a sexual assault.

Paniz Khosroshayis a third year women's studies student at McGill University. She decided to go public with her experience filing a sexual assault case at McGill after the university administration failed to provide any support or accommodation when she found herself in the same class as her assailant.

Moderator: Arezoo Najibzadeh