Our Turn Initiative


FILL OUT THE OUR TURN – UNIVERSITY OF REGINA SURVEY HERE (stay tuned for link!)

We are still finalizing the last few details of the survey, incorporating the feedback we had from students in our focus groups and info sessions. We will publish the survey here as soon as we are finished – apologies for the delay, but please stay tuned!

In the fall of 2017, the OurTurn National Action Plan, a national, student-led, movement to end sexual violence on post-secondary campuses, reviewed the University of Regina’s sexual assault policies and awarded this campus the letter grade of D. The OurTurn report identified several areas where our campus sexual assault policies fell short including (but not limited to):

  • The University of Regina does not, in any official capacity, acknowledge and recognize the existence of rape culture or intersectionality or how they both contribute to our campus culture.
  • Administration responsible for creating and reviewing sexual violence policies on campus do not receive adequate training on consent or rape culture.
  • The University of Regina policy definition of sexual assault does not adequately cover all forms of sexual and gendered violence which leaves conduct like stealthing and online harassment in an administrative grey area.
  • The University of Regina sexual assault policy has a written ‘frivolous claims’ clause. This is a major deterrent for those who wish to report sexual violence as there is the risk of disciplinary action if an incident is hard to prove
  • There is nothing in the University of Regina sexual assault policy that protects survivors who are reporting an assault from having to come face to face with their assailant during the reporting and investigation process.
  • The University of Regina sexual assault policy does not offer protection to witnesses or survivors of sexual violence who may have been engaged in other policy infractions at the time of the assault. Sexual violence is unacceptable, no matter what the circumstance.

Now it’s (Y)Our Turn: URSU, RPIRG, SASSA, and other University of Regina campus organizations have signed onto the National OurTurn Action Plan. By doing so, each organization has officially recognized that rape culture exists and have committed to ending sexual violence on campus. To do so, a task-force of University of Regina students (supported by the signing organizations) will undertake an extensive consultation process with the student body to inform actionable recommendations for the improvement of the University of Regina’s sexual and gendered violence policies.

About the survey:
From October 15-Dec 6, 2018 University of Regina students and recent alumni will be encouraged to fill out the Our Turn – University of Regina survey, to gain feedback about the UofR’s sexual assault policies and how they translate into effective support.

FILL OUT THE OUR TURN – UNIVERSITY OF REGINA SURVEY HERE (stay tuned for link!)

How you can help spread the word!

We are seeking volunteers to share info about the survey in the following ways:

  • asking your profs to share the info or to give you a couple of minutes to tell your classes about it
  • sharing the into in UR Courses (especially if you are taking an online class)
  • volunteering to help us with a couple of tabling afternoons on campus
  • sharing our graphics (which you can find here and on our facebook page) with your social networks (facebook groups, student group meetings, etc.)
  • helping to distribute our small cards with info about and a link to the survey (will be soon available in our office!)
  • If you have any questions about how to help spread the word please don’t hesitate to contact Julian: outreach@rpirg.org

Lastly, if you or someone you know is seeking support or someone to talk to about sexual assault, here is a list of resources for support on campus, as well as in Regina and Saskatchewan.

Graphics and other promotional materials:

     

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