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UBC faculty expresses concerns over sexual assault policy in open letter

More than 60 University of British Columbia faculty members have signed an open letter expressing concerns about the university’s sexual assault policies.

Students walk on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus in November 2015.

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Students walk on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus in November 2015.

More than 60 University of British Columbia faculty members signed an open letter calling on the university to develop new sexual assault policies.

There are “serious problems” with UBC’s current procedures, faculty stated in the letter published online Wednesday. It was written as a response to a November documentary that revealed UBC failed to expel a student for a year and half despite six complaints of sexual misconduct against him.

“It is clear that some students and alumni who brought forward reports of sexual assault have suffered additional harm due to UBC’s policies and procedures,” they wrote.

The group’s letter acknowledged the harm the school caused throughout the situation, over which the school is now facing a human rights complaint, and apologized for not demanding better.

The faculty members also pledged to participate in improving the policies. They called for consultation and newly developed procedures by the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

As of Thursday afternoon, 67 faculty members had signed the letter.

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