Okanagan campus FYI

Demonstrations on campus

From time to time, organizations from the wider community may choose to exercise their right of free speech and locate demonstrations at UBC.

UBC does not endorse the views expressed by any particular demonstration. Nor does the university ban legal demonstrations. The university values the free, lawful and respectful expression of all views and opinions, even those that some may find disagreeable or upsetting.

Demonstrations and other forms of expression are upheld by the statement on academic freedom from the UBC Okanagan Senate, and by UBC's support of free speech more generally.

Upcoming demonstrations

The Kelowna Right to Life Society will hold demonstrations in the central courtyard adjacent to the flags and the Arts building from 8 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

View a map of the courtyard location

Support resources

Students experiencing any form of distress are encouraged to contact the Campus Health and Wellness for free, confidential counselling support. Call 250-807-9270, visit University Centre UNC 337, or email healthwellness.okanagan@ubc.ca to connect with a counsellor.

The Women's Resource Centre (wrc@ubcsuo.ca) in the University Centre (UNC 132) provides a safe place on campus for women to find a supportive environment and connections to other resources on and off campus. Hours on October 22 are 8 to 11 a.m.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) offers confidential support, advocacy and information for students, staff and faculty who experience sexualized violence and/or acts that target an individual’s sexuality, gender identity  or gender expression. The SVPRO Office can be reached at 250-807-9640, or svpro.okanagan@ubc.ca or visit the office at 120 Nicola Townhome, 1270 International Mews.

Students may also connect with Empower Me, a new 24/7 service at 1-844-741-6389 providing counselling support through UBCSUO's Studentcare.

Faculty and staff seeking counselling are encouraged to contact the UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program’s Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765.

UBC Okanagan encourages advance notice from external groups intending to hold demonstrations on campus. If the university is notified of plans, they will be noted here.