1. SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY
Ontario College of Technology is committed to providing its students with an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating its students who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.
Ontario College of Technology has adopted this Sexual Violence Policy, which defines sexual violence and outlines its training, reporting, investigative and disciplinary responses to complaints of sexual violence made by its students that have occurred on its campus, or at one of its events and involve its students.
The person accused of engaging in sexual violence will be referred to as the “Respondent” and the person making the allegation as the “Complainant”.
2. DEFINITION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
3. TRAINING, REPORTING AND RESPONDING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Ontario College of Technology shall include a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy in every contract made between it and its students, and provide a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy to career college management, instructors, staff and contractors and train them about the policy and its processes of reporting, investigating and responding to complaints of sexual violence involving its students.
- The Sexual Violence Policy shall be published on its website
- College management, instructors, staff, other employees and contractors of Ontario College of Technology will report incidents of or complaints of sexual violence to the Administrator upon becoming aware of them.
- Students who have been affected by sexual violence or who need information about support services should contact the Administrator.
- Ontario College of Technology recognizes the right of the Complainant not to report an incident of or make a complaint about sexual violence or not request an investigation and not to participate in any investigation that may occur.
- In certain circumstances, Ontario College of Technology may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent if it believes the safety of members of its campus or the broader community is at risk.
- In all cases, Ontario College of Technology will appropriately accommodate the needs of its students who are affected by sexual violence. Students seeking accommodation should contact the Administrator.
Ontario College of Technology will assist students who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counseling and medical care, and provide them with information about sexual violence supports and services available in the community listed in the Appendix A. Students are not required to file a formal complaint in order to access supports and services.
4. INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Under this Sexual Violence Policy, any student of Ontario College of Technology may file a report of an incident or a complaint to the Administrator in writing.
Upon receipt of a report of an incident or a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made, the Administrator will respond promptly and:
- determine whether an investigation should proceed and if the Complainant wishes to participate in an investigation;
- determine who should conduct the investigation having regard to the seriousness of the allegation and the parties involved;
- determine whether the incident should be referred immediately to the police;
Determine what interim measures ought to be put in place pending the investigation process such as removal of the Respondent or seeking alternate methods of providing necessary course
Once an investigation is initiated, the following will occur:
- the Complainant and the Respondent will be advised that they may ask another person to be present throughout the investigation;
- interviewing the Complainant to ensure a complete understanding of the allegation and gathering additional information that may not have been included in the written complaint such as the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;
- informing and interviewing the Respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the Respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations and to provide any witnesses the Respondent feels are essential to the investigation;
- interviewing any person involved or who has, or may have, knowledge of the incident and any identified witnesses;
- providing reasonable updates to the Complainant and the Respondent about the status of the investigation; and
- following the investigation, the Administrator will:
- review all of the evidence collected during the investigation;
- determine whether sexual violence occurred; and if so
- determine what disciplinary action.
5. DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
If it is determined by Ontario College of Technology that the Respondent did engage in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken. This may include:
- disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff; or
- expulsion of a student; and /or
- the placement of certain restrictions on the Respondent’s ability to access certain premises or facilities; and/or
- any other actions that may be appropriate in the
Should the Complainant or the Respondent not agree with the decision resulting from the investigation, he or she may appeal the decision to the Ontario College of Technology at the following address:
330-4438 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, ON M1S 5V9
within 10 business days by submitting a letter addressed to the president of Ontario College of Technology advising of the person’s intent to appeal the decision;
Immediately contact one of the following organizations in the Appendix A.
Should the Complainant or the Respondent not agree with the decision resulting from the investigation of Ontario College of Technology, he or she may appeal the decision to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development at the following address within 10 business days by submitting a letter to the:
Private Career Colleges Branch
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2
Telephone: (416) 314-0500
7. MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS
It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint.
Individuals who violate this Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and / or corrective action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.
It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation
Individuals who violate the Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.
Ontario College of Technology shall ensure that student input is considered in the development of its Sexual Violence Policy and every time it is reviewed or
Ontario College of Technology shall review its Sexual Violence Policy 3 years after it is first implemented and amend it where appropriate. This date is (insert date).
10. COLLECTION OF STUDENT DATA
Ontario College of Technology shall collect and be prepared to provide upon request by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges such data and information as required according to Subsections 32. 3 (8), (9) and (10) of Schedule 5 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
Appendix A: Support Resources
Women Against Rape /Toronto Rape
Box 59098, Toronto, Ontario M6R
Domestic Violence Care Centre
Grenville St. Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
Community and Social Services
Warden Ave, Units 340, 331,
Toronto, ON M1W2S8
To One Mentoring Program
Ellesmere Rd Ste 245 Toronto, ON
Counseling and Educational
Yonge St, Suite 605, Toronto, ON