In December 2016, the OCAD University Board of Governors approved the institution’s first Policy on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence (SVP). This policy was developed with extensive community consultation and aligns with provincial legislation and regulations. The policy affirms the university’s commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy campus and sets out the university’s response to incidents of sexual violence involving students.
The policy has now been in place for three years and requires review. I am inviting all members of the OCAD U community to provide feedback, and suggest any revisions that may be required, by December 9, 2019.
In reviewing the policy, you may also wish to familiarize yourself with:
- Our Sexual Violence Support and Resources website, including a comprehensive Guide for Student Survivors of Sexual Violence and Guide for Responding to Student Disclosures of Sexual Violence, for faculty, staff and student peers.
- Annual reports to the Board of Governors (2017, 2018) on the Policy on Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
- Related policies, and specifically the Respectful Work & Learning Environment Policy, which pertains to all members of the OCAD U community, including faculty, staff and students.
All feedback received on the policy will be discussed within the OCADU Sexual Violence Working Group (SVWG) involving students, faculty and staff from Student Wellness, Safety & Security Services, Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, the OCAD Student Union and the Indigenous Student Centre. Additionally, the SVWG , under the leadership of Jennifer Robinson, Director of Student Wellness and Conflict Resolution, is tasked with reviewing and providing recommendations on the effectiveness of current programs and services to combat sexual violence on campus.
You are welcome to provide feedback on the policy in writing to me directly at email@example.com. If you prefer an in-person consultation, please contact my executive assistant, Yinnie Ng-Klee at firstname.lastname@example.org to set a time.
I would like to acknowledge OCADU’s commitment to supporting survivors of sexual violence and ensuring a safe community for all members. Support for students is available through the Student Wellness Centre: 6th Floor, 230 Richmond St.W., email@example.com. Employees requiring support may contact Human Resources at 416-977-6000, Ext. 298 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and can visit HR Information & Resources for more support information.
I thank you for your time and attention to this important policy,
Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International
Image: The Monument Quilt (Maryland, USA) inspired sexual violence Survivor Stitch-In events at OCAD U during the development of OCAD U’s first Policy on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence (SVP). The quilt squares created at these events were sewn together and displayed at OCAD U.