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SFU student under investigation for sex assaults

Simon Fraser University campus in Burnaby.
Simon Fraser University campus in Burnaby.

Police are now investigating a male student at Simon Fraser University after three female students reported being sexually assaulted.

In a statement, SFU says administration is aware of three allegations of sexual assault that were made last semester by female students against one male student.

The victim of the first assault reportedly felt so traumatized she left campus and moved back home.

The second assault reportedly happened off campus during winter break. That student reported the incident to campus security, who urged her to go to the police.

No details have been released about the third assault.

In a statement, the university said:

As soon as university personnel became aware of these allegations, the university took action to support the students concerned without interfering with the police investigation. In addition, both the RCMP and the university conducted safety assessments. Measures were taken to ensure the safety of the campus community.

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The man who is the subject of these allegations is no longer on campus.

The University of British Columbia has unveiled its draft sexual assault policy after a number of female students alleged last November that the school had delayed acting on numerous complaints about a male PhD candidate.

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Sara-Jane Finlay, UBC’s associate vice-president of equity and inclusion, told the Canadian Press the policy could be amended to include a new stand-alone process for sexual assaults after the public consultation period wraps in the fall.

The committee expects to meet in October to redraw the policy based on public feedback, with the final version going to the board in December.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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