Heather Lane Vetere is reviewing Ryerson’s sexual assault policy. PHOTO courtesy Daniella Guida

Assault policy update

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By Jackie Hong & Jake Scott

Ryerson’s Vice-Provost Students Heather Lane Vetere will be going to a conference hosted by the Ontario Committee on Student Affairs (OCSA) at York University later this month to discuss sexual assault policies in post-secondary institutions, according to Ryerson Today.

This conference will help “generate discussion that will inform the Reference Group on Sexual Violence established by the Council of Ontario Universities,” states the press release.

Lane Vetere was asked by Ryerson Provost Mohamed Lachemi to spearhead a review of the school’s sexual assault policies and how complaints are dealt with on Nov. 26, 2014. Vetere previously told.

The Eyeopener that she has met with a number of people, including staff members, students and Ryerson’s student unions, and spoke with them about their experiences with sexual violence on the Ryerson campus.

The review came in the wake of a Toronto Star investigation that revealed only nine in more than 100 post-secondary schools in Canada had a specific policy on sexual assault on campus. Since then, several schools have adopted policies or protocols; most recently, presidents of 24 colleges across Ontario voted to create a uniform policy on sexual violence on their campuses.

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