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Ontario Colleges To Create Province-Wide Campus Sexual Assault Policy

11/26/2014 05:50 EST | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST
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The heads of Ontario's public colleges have agreed to create a province-wide policy to deal with sexual assault on campus.

The presidents of 24 colleges voted Tuesday on the policy after a Toronto Star investigation found that only nine out of 78 Canadian universities had a special policy to deal with sexual assault, and none of the 24 Ontario colleges surveyed had one either.

Colleges Ontario's president and CEO Linda Franklin told the Star Wednesday that drafting a policy for every college to use was the right thing to do.

"There was just quickly and universally a sense from them all that if young women are not coming forward and if there are barriers, then obviously what we are doing has not been sufficient,” she said.

Colleges Ontario will also create a task force to get students' feedback, according to Global News.

The news comes as former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, was charged Wednesday with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance - choking.

A former student at York University, where Ghomeshi was once a well-known student activist, accused the former broadcaster of fondling him when they both worked for the student union in the 1990s.

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