Mount Royal University (MRU) has a new policy in place to deal with sexual violence and encourage survivors to come forward.
MRU’s Board of Governors approved a new sexual violence response policy this week which sets out the university’s reporting process, as well as the supports and resources available on campus.
“The new policy enshrines our commitment to providing trauma-informed responses to disclosures of sexual violence,”said Steve Fitterer, vice-president of student affairs and campus life.
“Mount Royal remains focused on fostering a safe learning and work environment, and creating a culture where survivors feel safe to come forward.”
In creating this policy, MRU joins the growing number of Canadian universities addressing sexual assaults that are under-reported on campuses across the country.
“Inside or outside the classroom, we interact with survivors of sexual violence every single day,” said Shifrah Gadamsetti, president of the students’ association of Mount Royal University.
“We must continue breaking down the stigmas around accessing support and openly discussing the detrimental effects sexual violence has on our educational experience.”
Gadamsetti said the university-wide policy is a “giant step” in the right direction.
For more information on the university’s new sexual response policy and to access resources head to their website.