UBC ‘shocked and saddened’ by sexual assault charges against three former football players

Courtesy: UBC Communications

The University of British Columbia has made its first public comments since three former football players were arrested and charged with sexual assault.

Tremont Levy, Trivel Pinto, and Ben Cummings have been charged with one count each of sexual assault. Levy has been charged with one count of voyeurism in addition to the sexual assault charge.

Just before 4:30 a.m. on November 5, 2018, University Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a 911 call from a woman who reported she had been sexually assaulted by three men, at the residence in Vancouver on Acadia Road.

On behalf of UBC, Ainsley Carry, vice president, students, shared the university’s reaction to the charges against the former Thunderbird student-athletes.

I would like to express our collective and deep concern for the well-being of those impacted by the alleged sexual assault off-campus on Nov. 5, 2018. UBC Athletics and the entire university are shocked and saddened by the allegations in this case.

Sexual violence has no place here at UBC and I can tell you those accused are no longer students at the university.

As the investigation is now before the courts, I cannot comment on specifics. What I can say is the university has been in contact with the RCMP since the allegations were made.

The safety and security of our community is our number one priority. Each year all Varsity athletes sign on to the Varsity Code of Conduct, which is unequivocal. UBC Athletics has prioritized general education within the student population around consent.

This includes all athletes attending mandatory educational sessions with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office. Those sessions outline supports available for athletes or their friends through SVPRO, how to be an upstander help someone who has experienced sexual assault or misconduct and the key points of the sexual misconduct policy – among them that there is no tolerance for sexual assault and misconduct in our community.

UBC Athletics has also partnered with Blueprint (formerly the Men’s Health initiative), which raises awareness around toxic masculinity and fostering healthy behaviours.

I want to ensure that every member of our community is aware of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and our commitment to confidential resources to support survivors.

I also wish to emphasize that if you or someone you know has been directly or indirectly affected by this news, we have support services on campus that can help.

The University RCMP immediately launched an investigation and sought assistance and expertise from the BC RCMP Major Crime Section, who took conduct of the investigation.

The three men have been arrested and remain in police custody at this time. They are expected to appear in a Richmond Provincial court at a later date.