UBC has released the 2021 Campus Safety Report for the Vancouver campus.
Despite the reopening of the campus last year, the number of incidents has remained relatively stable or even decreased in some areas. The report also provided an update on Campus Security’s response to an external review.
The number of indecent assaults and physical threats decreased compared to the previous year. However, the number of assaults on campus increased from 5 to 7, while theft also increased from 1 to 3 incidents.
Auto thefts and break and enters on campus saw no significant change, but all other thefts increased by 14 cases this year.
The number of public requests for assistance with campus security has also decreased. Blue phone calls have declined in use. A sharp decrease was also observed in the number of security transport requests, which fell from 253 requests in 2020 to 123 in 2021.
The report offered little context for the rise or fall of the various incidents.
A notable change in campus security operations was the discontinuation of a third-party contracted first aid service. Campus security patrollers now receive first aid training and have responded to 600 first aid calls since July 2021.
External review update
The report also described how Campus Security responded to recommendations made in an external review, launched after a black graduate student alleged he had been racially profiled by a campus security officer.
UBC campus security in Vancouver launched an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training program in response.
The training aims to teach security how to properly report incidents based on racial hatred, conduct impartial investigations, and how to communicate appropriately “with racialized people,” among other things.
Campus Security has also implemented a new standard operating practice for complaints filed against them. Complaints are investigated by bodies independent of UBC such as UBC Human Resources, the UBCV Office of Investigation and the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPRO), to name a few.
The report adds that an alternative dispute resolution (ADI) method has been included to deal with certain complaints “if applicable”.
It was also noted that campus security is mostly male-dominated, and campus security tries to remove all barriers for future applicants.
In a comment to The Ubyssian, Acting Director of Campus Security Sam Stephens wrote that he sees his role as “making sure that those [campus security] services are meaningful and aligned with community expectations.