York University Settles with Sexual Assault Survivor Mandi Gray

The university says it will work with other campus groups.

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Dec 12 2016, 6:56pm

York University student Mandi Gray was raped by fellow student Mustafa Ururyar. Photo Alyson Hardwick for VICE News

York University announced on Monday that it has reached a settlement with sexual assault survivor Mandi Gray over an application she had filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) in June 2015.

The complaint came after an incident in January 2015 when Gray was attacked by fellow student Mustafa Ururyar. She claimed that the university lacked proper procedures for reporting sexual assault.

Ururyar was convicted in a criminal court in September and is currently appealing his conviction.

The statement from the university states that: "Although the parties were unable to reach an agreement on many issues, part of the resolution of the HRTO Application is that the University will collaborate with sexual assault centres to provide specialized counselling to sexual violence survivors from the York community."

The university introduced new guidelines in September aimed at better responding to reports of sexual assault, but Gray has said that the changes are largely symbolic. Collaborations between the university and campus groups like Silence is Violence will be ongoing.

Gray, a current PhD student, told The Toronto Star that she couldn't comment directly on the settlement, but said: "There are definitely more changes that are needed."

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