Following the adoption of the Policy Against Sexual Violence, the Provost, Christopher Manfredi, struck an Ad Hoc Panel on April 1st 2017 to conduct an impartial and independent (from the Provost’s office) study of sexual violence in the McGill community. The Panel consists of students, staff, and faculty from McGill University, as well as an external advisor from Concordia.
The Ad Hoc Panel was charged with investigating the following questions:
- How do members of the McGill community perceive our campus climate, discourse and awareness in relation to sexual violence and safety?
- In what contexts has sexual violence occurred at McGill University?
- Where survivors have disclosed or reported incidents of sexual violence to a person holding authority at McGill, or have refrained from so doing, what factors underlay their decision?
- What are the experiences of individuals who have disclosed or reported incidents of sexual violence to a person holding authority at McGill (e.g., disciplinary officer, counselor, Dean or other administrator)?
- What is the University’s jurisdiction over incidents involving Members of the University community that occur off campus?
- How does the Policy against Sexual Violence harmonize with other University policies and procedures and where might a lack of harmonization require policy amendment?
To conduct the study, the Ad Hoc Panel will use a combination of online surveys, interviews, and focus groups to develop a better understand of how sexual violence occurs and is addressed at McGill. The study will begin in October 2017 and end in February 2018. A final report will be written and submitted to the Provost by March 31st, 2018.
- Chair: Dr. Shaheen Shariff; professor of Education and Law; Principal Investigator for IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus.
- Graduate Student Research Assistant: Alastair Hibberd
- Two student representatives from the Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS): Melissa Zangao and Robyn Lee
- Student representative from the Student Advocacy branch of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM): Julia Bellehumeur
- The Sexual Violence Response Advisor from the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education (O-SVRSE): Émilie Marcotte
- A disciplinary officer from Residences: Avik Ghoshdastidar
- The Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) at Concordia University: Jennifer (JD) Drummond
To better engage with students in advocacy roles, Isabelle Oke, VP University Affairs from the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) & Emil Briones, the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) Equity Commissioner, have been invited to observe and offer feedback at Panel meetings.
- April 1: Ad Hoc Panel struck by Provost.
- April: Chairs of Ad Hoc Panel and Implementation Committee met to set up committees.
- May: Draft surveys circulated for comments. Applied for and obtained approval from Research Ethics Board.
- June 28: Ad Hoc Panel meeting to plan survey content.
- July: Reviewing and editing surveys.
- August 22: Ad Hoc Panel meeting to review drafted surveys and feedback from pilot surveys.
- Sept 14: Meeting between Ad Hoc Panel and IT Services to finalize surveys
- SSMU and PGSS representatives join the Ad Hoc Panel as observers
- Sept 20th: Ad hoc meeting for final review of student survey and plan communications.
- Oct 19th: Student Survey Launch.
- Nov 6th: Meeting to review faculty/staff survey.
- Nov 19th: Student Survey completion deadline
- Nov 19th: Faculty survey launch
- Nov 20th: Analysis of student survey data begins.
- Dec 4th: Meeting to review student survey preliminary results & plan focus groups.
- Dec 19th: Faculty/staff survey completion deadline.
- Dec 16th: Analysis of faculty/staff survey begins.
- mid-January – early February: Focus groups.
- February: Full analysis and findings.
- March 1st: Report writing and recommendations.
- March 31st: final Report due
If you would like to know more about the Ad Hoc Panel or would like to bring forward any questions or concerns, please email Alastair.hibberd [at] mcgill.ca (Alastair Hibberd).