An exceptionally dedicated working group of students, staff and faculty have been working together for almost two years to prevent sexual violence in our community. We have given visibility to the resources and reporting options available to students, staff and faculty. With the talents of an incredible group of students, we launched the Create Consent campaign to raise awareness. We have undertaken training in various aspects of preventing and responding to incidents of sexual violence. And today I am pleased to provide to the OCAD University community our Draft Policy on the Prevention of Sexual Violence (PDF).
This policy aims to do many things. Among them:
- Set out the University’s commitment to creating a safe working and learning environment.
- Establish a primary point of contact for all students who have been affected by sexual violence (the Health and Wellness Centre).
- Outline the supports, services and accommodations available to survivors of sexual violence, regardless of whether they choose to report the incident formally to Police or to the University.
- Provide clear reporting and complaint options and the possible outcomes of each.
- Set out the University’s procedures for adjudicating formal complaints of sexual violence against members of the University community.
The Policy will ensure OCAD U is compliant with the Ontario government’s Bill 132: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act and is based on best practices established by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.
It is still a draft. We need your input to ensure this Policy meets the needs of the community. To that end, we are accepting feedback on the draft Policy until Friday, November 11. You can provide feedback in any of the following ways:
- Come to our Community Consultation on Wednesday, October 26, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lambert Lounge, Room 187, 100 McCaul. There will be members of the Working Group on hand to walk you through the policy and guide conversation.
- Provide feedback in writing by email to me (Deanne) at email@example.com
- If you feel more comfortable or it is easier to provide your feedback in person or by phone, I will make every effort to find a time we can do so. Send my assistant, Laura Penny, an email and request a meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Any member of the Working Group would happily take your feedback as well.
It’s so important we get this right.