Originator: Executive Director, Student Services and Global Partnerships
Approver: President & CEO
Effective: January 1, 2023
Replaces: November 12, 2018
Red River College Polytechnic (“RRC Polytech”) is committed to:
The aim of this Policy is to ensure that RRC Polytech:
“College Community” includes:
“Consent”, in the context of this Policy G5 means the voluntary and express agreement to engage in sexual activity. An individual must actively, freely, and willingly give consent to engage in sexual activity. For greater certainty, Consent:
“Sexual Violence/Misconduct” 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. Sexual Violence/Misconduct includes, without limitation, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, controlling behaviour, indecent exposure, voyeurism, intentional mis-gendering and/or deadnaming, and sexual exploitation.
“Workplace or Learning Environment” includes any physical or electronic environment where RRC Polytech business or RRC Polytech-related activities take place, whether during regular working hours or off hours.
This Policy applies to all members of the College Community and any act of Sexual Violence/Misconduct involving one or more members of the College Community that occurs in the Workplace or Learning Environment.
RRC Polytech is committed to providing a Workplace and Learning Environment free from Sexual Violence/Misconduct, including but not limited to providing the resources stated in this Policy. RRC Polytech takes all concerns of sexual violence seriously and will respond in a confidential, unbiased and impartial manner in accordance with the Procedures [link]. Any Individual who believes they have been subjected to Sexual Violence/Misconduct under this Policy is strongly encouraged to report these issues in a timely way and in accordance with the RWLE Procedures Guide.
RRC Polytech takes all allegations and incidents Sexual Violence within the College Community very seriously and will take all reasonable steps to respond to such conduct accordingly.
RRC Polytech shall raise awareness about Sexual Violence/Misconduct through, without limitation, a RRC Polytech sexual violence web resource, in-person training and events, streamed training and orientation materials. The foregoing awareness resources will specifically address issues related to the concept of Consent and Sexual Violence/Misconduct prevention in the context of sexual activities, and shall be delivered to members of the College Community.
RRC Polytech shall 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 under this Policy will not be punished by RRC Polytech if their report contains an admission of illegal consumption of drugs or alcohol.
RRC Polytech shall maintain and update 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
Where there is a conflict between this policy and any other RRC Polytech policy, this policy shall govern to the extent that such conflict exists. Without limitation, where an investigation is requested pursuant to another RRC Polytech policy, and the requested investigation concerns a matter of Sexual Violence/Misconduct, 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/Misconduct also triggers requirements under any other RRC Polytech policy, such other requirements shall be adhered to.
RRC Polytech will:
The Resource and Resolution Advisor is responsible for:
The Executive Director, Student Services and Global Partnerships is responsible for approving procedures directing members of the College Community on how to report suspected acts of Sexual Violence/Misconduct to which this Policy applies and any other appropriate procedures under this Policy.
Safety, Health and Security Services is responsible for providing a report outlining RRC Polytech activities undertaken pursuant to this Policy. The report will be available on RRC Polytech’s Sexual Violence Web Resource at www.rrc.ca/nowrongdoor.
All members of the College Community will:
RRC Polytech will hold members of the College Community accountable for violations of this Policy. Employees that breach the Policy will be subject to appropriate corrective action, including discipline up to and including dismissal. Other individuals that breach the Policy will be subject to appropriate corrective action.
RRC Polytech shall review this Policy every four years, in consultation with the RRC Polytech’s students.
Every member of the College Community has the right to bring forward a concern or complaint under the Policy. Interference with this right or with an investigation or retaliation against a complainant, respondent, witness or any other person involved will not be tolerated and may, by itself, result in disciplinary action. For greater clarity, interference or retaliation may take the form of direct contact between the parties or more subtle actions. Retaliation involves not only penalizing someone; it can also be the withholding of a benefit.
The Advanced Education Administration Act
RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.
We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.