G5 – Sexual Violence
Originator: Executive Director, Community & Student Services
Approver: Leadership Council (Senior Leadership Team)
Effective: November 12, 2018
Members of the College Community have a right to work and learn in an environment free of Sexual Violence. Red River College Polytechnic is committed to:
- raising awareness about Sexual Violence, including through the use of social media and other digital communications
- addressing issues related to consent with respect to members of the College Community engaging in sexual activities;
- taking reasonable steps to prevent Sexual Violence;
- Reporting incidence of Sexual Violence
- Providing training on the issues of Sexual Violence; and
- Establishing and operating complaint procedures and response protocols for incidents of Sexual Violence that are covered by this policy.
This aim of this Policy is to ensure that the College:
- Provides guidance, assistance and support to those affected by Sexual Violence occurring in the Workplace or Learning Environment;
- Provides a consistent process to be followed when addressing Sexual Violence in the Workplace or Learning Environment;
- Ensures that it is fully compliant with the law with respect to matters related to Sexual Violence occurring in the Workplace or Learning Environment.
“College Community” includes:
- current Red River College Polytechnic employees, students and alumni,
- The Red River College Polytechnic Student’s Association and its employees
- Members of the Board of Governors
- Representatives of College partners and agents
- visitors to the College,
- tenants of the College,
- persons living in a College residence
- independent contractors engaged to perform services by the College on College property; and
- all others present in, or participating in the Workplace or Learning Environment or participating in College business
“Consent” means, in the context of this policy, the voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. An individual must actively and willingly give consent to sexual activity. For greater certainty, Consent:
- Is never assumed
- Is never implied
- is not silence or the absence of “no”
- Cannot be given if an individual is impaired by alcohol or drugs, or is unconscious
- Cannot be given by someone is who is cognitively impaired
- Can never be obtained through threats or coercion
- Can be revoked at any time before or during sexual activity
- Cannot be obtained by an individual who is in a position of trust, power or authority
“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, controlling behaviour, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
“Workplace or Learning Environment” includes any physical or electronic environment where Red River College Polytechnic business or College-related activities take place.
This Policy applies to any act of Sexual Violence involving one or more members of the College Community that occurs in the Workplace or Learning Environment.
The College shall raise awareness about Sexual Violence through, without limitation, a College sexual violence web resource, in-person training and events, streamed training and orientation materials. Without limitation, the foregoing awareness resources will specifically address issues related to the concept of Consent and Sexual Violence Prevention in the context of sexual activities, and shall be delivered to members of the College Community.
The College shall take steps to provide a secure learning environment, including but not limited to providing the resources stated in this policy and enforcing its policies related to safety, conduct and violence prevention.
The College’s Human Resource Services department will periodically provide live and live-streamed training on issues related to Sexual Violence and Consent to the College Community. Interested groups to which this policy applies may contact the Resource and Resolution Advisor to request training, which shall be delivered to such groups within a reasonable time frame. In addition, training videos, educational resources and other related resources can be accessed by members of the College Community at any time at www.rrc.ca/nowrongdoor.
The Resource and Resolution Advisor or designate shall develop, maintain and update procedures directing members of the College Community on how to report suspected acts of Sexual Violence to which this Policy applies. The current procedures are available at www.rrc.ca/nowrongdoor.
Those who make a report that they have been subjected to an act of Sexual Violence will not be punished by the College if their report contains an admission of illegal consumption of drugs or alcohol.
The Resource and Resolution Advisor shall be responsible for developing, maintaining and updating response and investigation protocols that shall be triggered upon the receipt of a report of a suspected act of Sexual Violence. The current protocols shall be available at www.rrc.ca/nowrongdoor.
Annually, the College, through the Safety and Health Services shall provide a report outlining the College’s activities undertaken pursuant to this Policy. The report will be available on the College Sexual Violence Web Resource at www.rrc.ca/nowrongdoor.
Notwithstanding any other College policy, this Policy shall be reviewed every four years, and such review shall be done in consultation with the College’s students.
Where there is a conflict between this policy and any other College policy, this policy shall govern to the extent that such conflict exists. Without limitation, where an investigation is requested pursuant to another College policy, and the requested investigation concerns a matter of Sexual Violence, the investigation of the matter shall be conducted pursuant to the procedures referenced in this Policy. To the extent that it is reasonably practicable, where a matter of Sexual Violence also triggers requirements under any other College policy, such other requirements shall be adhered to.
All members of the College Community are required to abide by the terms of this policy, to educate themselves about issues related to sexual violence and consent, and help create an environment that is free of Sexual Violence in the Red River College Polytechnic Working or Learning Environment.
The Human Resource Services department will be responsible for providing training on issues related to Sexual Violence and Consent to the College Community. The Resource and Resolution Advisor shall be the contact person to facilitate such training to interested groups.
The Resource and Resolution Advisor or designate shall develop, maintain and update procedures directing members of the College Community on how to report suspected acts of Sexual Violence to which this Policy applies.
The Resource and Resolution Advisor shall be responsible for developing, maintaining and updating response and investigation protocols that shall be triggered upon the receipt of a report of a suspected act of Sexual Violence
Safety and Health Services shall provide a report outlining the College’s activities undertaken pursuant to this Policy and make it publicly available in accordance with this policy.
Red River College Polytechnic shall review this policy every four years, in consultation with the College’s students.
Related Legislation, Policy and Protocols
The Advanced Education Administration Act
E13 – Violence Prevention
H1 – Discrimination and Harassment
S1 – Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities
S2 – Student Discipline
S3 – Student Appeals
S5 – At-Risk Students
Protocol for Worrisome Behaviour