Brandon University announced Tuesday that it will no longer ask alleged victims of sexual violence and harassment to sign behavioral contracts.
President of the institution, Gervan Fearon admits they made a mistake when it asked a female student to sign the contract last September.
“We acknowledge it was not appropriate,” Fearon said during a news conference.
“We acknowledge it was not helpful to the survivor.”
The document, which was made public this week, required the woman not to contact her alleged attacker or even talk about the incident with anyone but a counselor.
Fearon says the University did encourage the woman to go to police and the contract was not meant to silence her.
“We want to assure students that we place their safety and their welfare as paramount in our actions,” Fearon said.
“Where mistakes are made, we address them.”
Another school official confirmed the contract was used in one other case, but it did not involve sexual violence.