Policy Review | Sexual Assault Support | UNB

Sexual assault policy review

In 2016, UNB launched its first Sexual Assault Policy, along with a comprehensive set of procedures. In recognizing that addressing sexual assault is an ongoing and evolving issue, the policy calls for a regular review of both the policy itself and the institution’s established procedures, to ensure appropriate supports and responses are in place to support survivors of all forms of sexual violence.

As stated in the Sexual Assault Policy:

This Policy shall undergo a full review by a committee made up of representatives of university administration, employees and students, the Human Rights Officer, and the Associate Vice-President Academic (Learning Environment) or designate who will serve as chair. A full review will take place once every four years or upon request of the UNB Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault.

In December 2020, a Sexual Assault Policy Review Committee was convened to undertake the first review of the existing policy and procedures. A report, including recommendations arising from the review, is expected to be submitted to the President’s Office in the fall of 2021.

Committee membership

  • Cathy Holtmann - director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre (Chair)
  • Petra Bergner - associate vice-president, human resources & organizational development, UNB
  • Maggie Forsythe - Fredericton campus sexual assault support advocate
  • Brock Richardson - director of student services, STU
  • Mary Ellen Kingston-Ritchie - director of student development, NBCC
  • Sula Levesque - human rights officer, UNB
  • Trish Pendleton - Saint John campus sexual assault support advocate
  • Sarah Devarenne, University Secretary, UNB
  • Patrick Hickey - president, Student Representative Council, UNB Saint John
  • Grace Pelkey - Student Union, UNB Fredericton
  • Alicia Noreiga-Mundaroy - president, UNB Graduate Student Association
  • Danielle Harrigan - instructor, UNB and sexual assault nurse examiner, Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Natasha Ashfield - director of strategic projects, UNB (project manager)
  • Hilary Swan - Fredericton Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocate

Engage with the process

Over the course of the review of our existing Sexual Assault Policy and procedures, there will be opportunities for the University community to provide feedback and participate in various consultation processes. We will provide notification when these opportunities become available and look forward to your engagement and participation in this important review.

More information

For a detailed description of the committee’s goals, process and timeline, download the terms of reference for the Sexual Assault Policy Review Committee. Contact SA.Review@unb.ca for more information.

We will continue to provide regular updates throughout the duration on the reviewal process.

Terms of reference