Stand with Survivors
Consult on UBC’s revised sexual misconduct policy
UBC’s sexual misconduct policy is up for its first-ever review and is accepting public feedback until January 31st. The policy and its proposed amendments can be viewed here.
The AMS and SASC have partnered on a campaign to empower students to make their voices heard and stand with survivors. By engaging in the policy review and providing your feedback, we can create important changes to make our campus a better place for survivors.
The consultation period is open until January 31st, through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting feedback through UBC’s confidential survey here. All feedback submitted through these methods will appear anonymously in a public summary document provided to the Board of Governors in February.
Alternatively, this AMS/SASC feedback form exists as an alternative for those who are not comfortable sharing their feedback directly to the University. Any feedback received through this form is anonymous and confidential, with the option to choose whether or not you would like your feedback to be included in the appendix of our public submission to the Board of Governors.
AMS and SASC Town Hall on UBC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy
Join your AMS and SASC to learn about UBC’s Sexual Misconduct policy and the proposed changes. Students will have a chance to ask questions, get support developing input, and work together to amplify our voices on critical issues around supporting survivors and preventing sexualized violence. SASC and AMS will share their perspectives and experiences working with the policy, and provide alternate ways for students to participate in the consultations, including in groups and anonymously. Warm drinks and Cartems donuts will be provided (vegan and gluten-free options available), please bring your reusable mug!
This event is for students only.
When: 4:00pm-6:00pm, Friday January 17th
Where: Nest Performance Theatre
4:00 – 4:15: Settle in, mingle, grab refreshments
4:15 – 4:30: Event overview, a brief history of the policy
4:30 – 4:50: First rotation of small group discussion on a specific policy section
4:50 – 5:10: Second rotation of small group discussion on a specific policy section
5:10 – 5:30: Third rotation of small group discussion on a specific policy section
5:30 – 6:00: Reconvene as a group for closing thoughts
Find out more on our Facebook page.
Learn more about the history and context of UBC’s policy, and tools to help you evaluate it.
Transforming UBC and developing a culture of equality and accountability: Confronting rape culture and colonialist violence (2014), UBC President’s Task Force on Intersectional Gender-based violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes
Sexual Assault at the University of British Columbia: Prevention, Response, and Accountability (2016), UBC Sexual Assault Panel
Strengthening Accountability Surrounding Issues of Sexual Violence: How UBC Process is Failing to Protect Graduate Students (2016), Gabrielle John, Glynnis Kirchmeier, Sarah Thornton and Caitlin Cunningham
UBC Process Review Executive Summary (2016), Paula Butler
Decade in review: The life and development of Policy 131 by Bailey Martens, Dec 28, 2019
‘A nest of bureaucracy’: UBC to review sexual assault policy in September by Thea Udawadia, August 27, 2019
UBC to review its sexual misconduct policy starting September 2019 by Samantha McCabe, October 5, 2018
UBC releases sexual assault disclosure and reporting stats under first year of new policy by Samantha McCabe, June 6, 2018
One Year Later series by Samantha McCabe, June 3, 2018
UBC just approved its first stand-alone sexual assault policy – here’s everything you need to know by Samantha McCabe, April 13, 2017
Policy, protocol and political will: how universities can responsibly respond to sexual assault by Vassilena Sharlandjieva, Jan 6, 2016
Courage to Act: Developing a National Framework to Address and Prevent Gender-Based Violence (2019), Possibility Seeds Consulting
Our turn: A National, Student-Led Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence (2017), Students For Consent Culture (SFCC)
Campus Sexual Violence: Guidelines for a Comprehensive Response (2016), Ending Violence Association of BC
SkyTrain Extension: Next Stop UBC
For many years, your AMS has been advocating for better transit for students and a SkyTrain to UBC. Important steps have been made in the last year and if the project stays within its current timeline we could see this SkyTrain extension to UBC completed as soon as 2031, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The SkyTrain extension project has been floating around since 1999 and in this time some misconceptions have developed among the campus community and wider Vancouver area. As well as addressing these misconceptions, we wanted to know what the SkyTrain to UBC means to students by hearing your ‘transit tales’ that truly show the value of this extension.
To keep the momentum going and make sure UBC students stay informed and engaged with the SkyTrain to UBC project, we will be sharing student transit tales and misconceptions with you over the next few months. Stay tuned here and on the Facebook using the hashtag #NextStopUBC.
To ensure student voices remain central to this issue, we asked UBC students to share their transits tales. We presented these tales to the MetroVancouver Mayors’ Council, and attribute much of the council voting in favor of the UBC SkyTrain extension to your enlightening transit tales. Read student transit tales below:
“Year round, the buses are sometimes at standing capacity when I board, even though I board only two stops from 29th ave station. My commute impinges on my ability and desire to travel to campus. I research from off campus, which impacts my ability to collaborate and leverage on-campus University resources.” – Anonymous, Vancouver
“I hate that it wastes so much time that I could be spending on learning, and reaching my best potential. I need the skytrain to UBC so that I am able to commute to UBC stress-free and easily so that I can focus all of my energy towards my education. I would use the skytrain primarily to study but also to be able to utilize all the resources that the campus has to offer. My commute makes it that I dread having to come to campus, I don’t want to feel that way because I really do love campus and all that it has to offer.” – Anonymous, Vancouver
This project has been floating around since 1999. Important steps have been made in the last year and if the project stays within its current timeline we could see this completed as soon as 2031. This year both the Vancouver City Council and MetroVancouver Mayors’ Council held important votes to approve the early stages of this SkyTrain project. The AMS was present at every meeting and spoke on behalf of students about the importance of this project for our campus. The AMS has been actively advocating for the extension and will be continuing our work with the support of students to ensure this stays at the forefront of the regional transportation conversation.
In 2017 40% of overcrowding in the region was happening on bus lines servicing UBC. Additionally, 52% of all trips to UBC are by transit. Each day there are over 80,000 trips to and from UBC and more than 1,000 buses come through the bus exchange.
Sign Our Open Letter to UBC: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eMcscEKBd2bAGgZ
The 2019-2020 Textbook Broke Campaign is gathering student signatures on an open letter discussing the merits of Open Educational Resources for everyone on this campus. The letter will be sent to faculty associations, staff, department heads and more to demonstrate student support for OERs. It will encourage faculty members to adopt OERs, and show UBC administrators that increased infrastructure must be established to support these endeavours. Our education should be equitable — sign the letter and advocate for affordable course materials.
Sign Our Open Letter to UBC: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eMcscEKBd2bAGgZ
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How can students get involved?
- Actually use OERs – you can be the best advocate for these resources by simply using them for your research and to understand your course material better.
- Tell others about OERs and encourage them to use them.
- Utilize your course evaluations at the end of the semester to let your professors know what you thought about the course materials that they used.
Examples of UBC courses and departments using open textbooks and OERs
Rent With Rights
Your room is not your own
The Rent with Rights campaign aims to improve the housing rights currently available to students living in on-campus residences and housing.
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Getting home from Downtown Vancouver after dark is now easier and safer with Translink’s NightBus District. The N17 connects the downtown core with UBC in the early hours of the morning, every day of the week, on the following schedule.
Safewalk is an AMS service that will accompany UBC students, staff and visitors across campus after dusk. So if you feel unsafe getting from point A to point B and no other form of transportation is available, get in touch with Safewalk (open daily 8pm-2am).
Other Safety Contacts
In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1
In case of a non-emergency:
- Call UBC Security at 604-822-2222 (they can accompany you across campus after 2am)
- Call RCMP on campus or University Endowment Lands at 604-224-1322
- Call Transit police at 604-515-8300 or text 77.77
- Call Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3321