While post-secondary institutions and their legal departments have been looking at the role they can play in educating students around the issue of consent, some legal experts say education should start well before students get to campus.
The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Montreal’s Concordia University has said it will offer sexual assault and consent seminars for students as sexual assault has been a prevailing problem in post-secondary schools. In-house counsel at schools are helping with policy creation for sexual assault on campus, but it isn’t solely their department’s responsibility — it’s a team effort with other stakeholders at the schools.
“[In-house counsel] don’t own this. We’re there to support the people who are dealing with this day in and day out in terms of delivering the programming and supporting the students and the rest of the community,” says Giselle Basanta, senior legal counsel, office of the general counsel and secretary of the board of governors at Ryerson University in Toronto. She was also an adviser during the establishment of the university’s sexual violence policy.