Information for Deans and Administrators

SVPRO consultations for departments and units

SVPRO offers consultations at the unit or department level towards building safer, more equitable environments for everyone. Consultations can support program development as well as professional development around equity and harassment prevention.

When we do these consultations, we use surveying and/or focus groups to develop customized programming that is tailored to the roles and responsibilities of you and your staff. Through this work, we explore the intersections of sexualized violence with other forms of harassment and harm, and provide guidance on how addressing intersecting forms of oppression leads to harassment-resistant environments.

Safety planning, safety measures, and discipline

Under UBC’s current system, investigations of sexual violence and misconduct are conducted only by the Investigations Office.

If you are asked to investigate a matter you feel may constitute sexual violence or misconduct, please email SVPRO and the UBC Investigations Office before proceeding.

Safety measures

SVPRO provides safety planning, support, and coordination for the implementation of safety measures. You may be contacted by SVPRO in order to make arrangements for safety measures needed by those you supervise.

UBC offers a range of support services for those who Disclose being impacted by sexual violence, regardless of whether they report. Those supports include class schedule changes, academic accommodations, and temporary work or location reassignment, and scheduling changes. Learn more about SVPRO support services.

Generally, safety measures are support for the person impacted that do not affect other parties. Examples can be found in the Sexual Misconduct Policy or the At-Risk Behaviour Policy.

As part of safety planning, interim restrictions can be put in place that impact another party or parties when a situation constitutes at-risk behaviour under the At-Risk Behaviour Policy.


Disciplinary measures

Disciplinary measures occur in response to an investigation report from the UBC Investigations Office that includes findings of sexual misconduct.

Discipline decision makers

For students, discipline decisions are made by the UBC President. For faculty, discipline is determined by their Dean. If suspension or termination is considered appropriate, a recommendation is made to the President. For termination, a recommendation is made by the President to the Board of Governors.

If you are the decision maker

If you are the decision maker for discipline in a case where an investigation has concluded with findings of sexual misconduct, the Director of Investigations will provide you with a copy of the investigation report.

You are required to meet with the respondent and provide a copy of the report. Then, after you have decided on appropriate discipline, the disciplinary outcome is communicated in writing to the respondent, with a copy to the Director of Investigations.

Contact Human Resources Advisory Services for support related to disciplinary decisions, collective agreement provisions, and related inquiries.

Alternative processes

The Investigations Office offers Alternative Resolution processes on a voluntary basis, and voluntary alternative processes can also be part of the At-Risk Behaviour management process.

Alternative resolution processes may lead to voluntary measures undertaken by parties involved, which you may play a role in supporting or implementing. Find out more about Alternative Resolution processes.