“Good People with Good Intentions”: Deconstructing A Post-Secondary Institution’s Sexual Violence Policy Construction

  • Irene Shankar Mount Royal University
  • D. Scharie Tavcer Mount Royal University


This exploratory study investigates the bodies tasked with constructing sexual violence policies within a post-secondary institution (PSI). Our findings indicate that allocated committees prioritize institutional risk management, normalize confusion, and most members have little or no understanding of the intersectionality of violence. These findings contextualize PSI's failure to address structural violence.  Our recommendations urge PSIs to include subject experts, consult with existing service providers, and integrate research on the intersectionality of sexualized violence within their policy and program construction.

Author Biography

D. Scharie Tavcer, Mount Royal University

Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University. 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 6K6 | 403-440-6383 | stavcer@mtroyal.ca