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2.5K experience sexual harassment at Humber: Survey

A survey reveals more about sexual violence.

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Over 2,500 students — 51.5 per cent — of respondents from Humber College said they had experienced sexual harassment in a sexual violence survey that took place earlier this spring, over the public college provincial average by over 1 per cent.

63% of Ontario Universities Report Sexual Violence

The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey also found that 900 students at Humber experienced non-consensual sex in 2018 out of more than 5,000 that participated in the questions.

While 17 per cent of Humber respondents disclosed a “non-consensual sexual experience” and 28.7 per cent said they had that experience at the Guelph university — which may or may not include numbers from Guelph-Humber.

The University of Guelph-Humber was not listed as an institution in the survey despite an official telling The Avro Post earlier this year that the unique university was considered part of the survey. The University of Guelph made the cut.

The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey also found that 51.5 per cent — over 2,500 students — of respondents from Humber College said they had experienced sexual harassment, over the public college provincial average by over 1 per cent.

The survey came out on Mar. 19, and The Avro Post published an initial report on the critical finding that 63 per cent of students at universities experienced sexual violence on campus in one way or another.

The minister in charge of the post-secondary education portfolio called the results “disturbing” and announced $6 million in grant funding to boost sexual violence programs on campus.

Universities and colleges will be required to review their sexual violence policies and form task forces to address the issue by September. They will also be required to report annually on the measures take to support students who have experienced sexual violence.

The report was completed by 116,000 university students and 42,000 college students and asked 50 questions gauging respondents on their perceptions of consent and rape myths, experiences with sexual violence and harassment and on how well they believe their school responds.


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Factbox: Every decision made by the Board this term

A fact box regarding the Board of Directors.

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This is a specific list of every known decision made by the current term of IGNITE’s Board of Directors, since May 2019.

The items are organized by significance, but are accompanied by time stamps.


Who’s who?

Ercolé Perrone is the executive director of IGNITE and the top paid staff. He has worked at the student union for over a decade.

The Board of Directors is a governing body made up usually of nine directors, but this year it is 10 because, for the first time, there is an Orangeville director.

The executives are made up of one president and a vice president from North and Lakeshore Campuses as well as the University of Guelph-Humber.

Kristin Gavlan is the Leadership Initiatives Coordinator.

IGNITE is the student union for members at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.


Major items first:

  • Sept. 11, 2019: Directors pass package of seven bylaw amendments that change the structure of how IGNITE will govern. More on these proposals here.
  • Nov. 13, 2019: Directors pass Board policy update banning all non-members of the Board from attending meetings, a move highly unusual for a student union. More here.
  • Oct. 9: First talks in minutes regarding closing off the Board of Directors meetings and the proposed “Media Days”.

  • At each meeting the minutes of the previous one was passed. IGNITE is then, according to its bylaws, to post the approved meeting minutes from the month previous. However, the student union has been late, sometimes by over 50 days, each time this academic year.
  • May 9, 2019: Neto Naniwambote chosen as chair of the Board and Nav Sidhu chosen as vice-chair. More here.
  • May 9, 2019: Motion to approve the appointment of Vanessa Silaphet as the Board Secretary for 2019-2020. More here.
  • May 9, 2019: Motion to approve the appointment of Monica Khosla – President and Megan Roopnarine – Vice President Guelph-Humber, as the alternate signing authorities.
  • Sept. 11: Approval of May 9 meeting minutes. However, these minutes will not be posted for some time. More here.
  • Sept. 11: Approval of hired Vice President Shay Hamilton after election Simran quit over the summer.
  • Sept. 11: BDO issues a clean audit report. 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statements approved.
  • Sept. 11: Executive Director Ercole Perrone presents an update for the revised budget with students currently interacting with optional fees. October meeting will have update.
  • Oct. 9: Budget approval, revealing the opt-in rate for optional student fees. More here.

Below is a link to each set of Board of Directors meeting minutes that have been released so far.

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IGNITE ramps up promotion ahead of Special Meeting

A new poster was released on Friday.

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Photo of IGNITE banner in the North Campus Student Centre on Jan. 16, 2020/TAP.

IGNITE on Friday ramped up its promotion of a critical Special Meeting of the Members with new posters calling on students to “voice your opinion” and vote on a package of proposed bylaw amendments that would bring significant changes to the structure of the student union if passed.

Any Humber College or University of Guelph-Humber student with their post-secondary identification is allowed entry into the meeting taking place in North Campus’ Student Centre, with a live stream taking place in Lakeshore’s K Building. It starts at 11 a.m. on Jan. 22.

Photo of IGNITE poster on Jan. 17, 2020.

Beyond the new poster, encouraging students to “amplify your voice”, IGNITE has in the past week published a blog post giving “three reasons” for its members to show up to the Special Meeting, or SMOM, and posted a formal, though scarce agenda. Also, freshly printed literature was first seen on Thursday that outlined what the new structure of IGNITE would look like with hired executives.

An email went out on Friday afternoon to all students from the student union encouraging students to attend the SMOM. “IGNITE will propose policy updates to align ourselves with the Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act,” the email read.

At the Special Meeting, several bylaw amendments previously approved by the elected Board of Directors will come forward to the student body at-large for approval. The proposed changes include hiring executives instead of an election process and giving more unilateral power to the Board, among five other items.

The amendment to end executive elections and other policy moves being made by the student union to cut off Board of Directors meetings are part of a process to move IGNITE towards a more corporate future that officials claim is in the “best interest” of students and align the organization closer with the Ontario Non-for-profits Corporations Act. ■ ■

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Photos: Vigil for Iran plane crash victims at Humber College

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Photo by Joelle Awad on Jan. 16, 2020.

Humber College on Thursday held community gatherings at North and Lakeshore Campuses.

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