Forum on Draft Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

SFUFA and SFU Academic Women are partnering to organize a panel and discussion of the University’s draft Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy. Released to the community on January 4th, the draft policy is intended to meet SFU’s legislative obligation to develop a stand-alone sexual violence policy, and to respond to requests from faculty, staff and students that the University update its protocols for addressing sexual violence on campus and take a more proactive role in fostering a culture of consent across the university community.
A copy of the draft policy is available at

This forum will provide an opportunity to learn more about the draft policy and its planned implementation, to hear how the draft is being received by experts in the field, and to ask questions and seek clarification on how the policy may impact members of the community. Both the presentations and the discussion, moreover, will assist Academic Women and SFUFA in identifying issues to include in our own responses to the draft.
Please join us on Wednesday, January 25th, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Halpern Centre on the Burnaby campus, or participate by videoconference at one of the following locations:
Surrey – SRY 2746
Vancouver – HC 3100 (3rd floor boardroom)
**A light lunch will be provided. For catering purposes, please register to attend:
Panelists will be:
Elise Chenier – President, SFU Academic Women
Jon Driver – former Vice President Academic and Chair of the sexual misconduct policy working group
Genevieve Fuji Johnson – SFUFA Executive Cmte member and member of the policy advisory group
Tracy Porteous – Executive Director of the End Violence Association of BC

Please note as well that SFU is launching its community consultation today, January 17, which provides an opportunity to hear details well in advance of the SFUFA/ AW forum.

The development of this new policy provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the community we are and the community we aspire to be, to actively take steps to combat sexual violence, and to contribute to the building of a culture of consent at SFU and beyond. We look forward to seeing you on January 25th, and welcome your feedback by email to:

Elise Chenier, President, Academic Women – [email protected]
Dan Laitsch, President, SFUFA – [email protected]