Student sexual violence policy
On December 7 2016, the UOIT Board of Governors approved a new Policy on Sexual Violence for Students and Procedures for Responding to Incidents of Sexual Violence. This Policy affirms UOIT’s ongoing commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for work and study, by providing support and assistance to those who may have experienced an act of sexual violence, by condemning any act that perpetuates or reinforces sexual violence. Through education and preventative programming we strive to create a culture that is characterized by respect and inclusion and where individuals are empowered individuals to intervene in situations where sexual violence has taken or may take place.
This Policy is the result of substantial consultation with the UOIT community over many months. These consultations included focus groups, individual consultations, and townhalls with students, faculty and staff as well as meetings with various committees and working groups. The final versions of the policy were also posted online for comment. We are indebted to all those who took the time to provide feedback and suggestions that were incorporated into the final draft.
The Policy will be reviewed by the Board at its spring 2017 meeting, which provides time for the UOIT community to provide further comment. Amendments to the policy may be brought forward at that time. Going forward, the Policy will also be subject to annual review each May.