Role of Universities

Project A: Role of Universities

The following are the objectives of Project A:

Systemic Barriers Sustaining Rape Culture

How might universities tacitly condone and sustain rape culture through policies, curriculum, and official responses (University Responses) to sexual violence and how can empirical research with students, faculty, staff and administrators (University Communities) disclose inadequacies in University Responses? 

Intersections between Education and Human Rights Law

(i) What legal frameworks govern, impact or intersect with university administrative processes and provide human rights remedies against discrimination and sexual violence?; and (ii) To what extent are these acknowledged, reflected and applied in University Responses? 

To what extent are Universities aware of their legal responsibility in providing effective University Responses and to what extent do students understand the legal remedies available to them following incidents of sexual violence? 

Case Law and Academic Literature

What case law, legal-academic literature and legal literacy programs might provide University Communities with insight as they grapple with balancing free expression, privacy, protection and the regulation of sexual violence? 

Gaps in Social Awareness in Professional Ethics Programs

Using the McGill Faculty of Dentistry as a case study, we will address concerns on student norms identified by the Dalhousie Task Force Report (Backhouse et al., 2015) and drawing on research findings, improve McGill Dentistry’s policies and curriculum on social awareness and ethics to address rape culture. 

Educational Potential of Universities 

What role can universities play through multidisciplinary programs to engender a deeper understanding of rape culture, and how can they create safe spaces for reporting and legally defensible University Responses?