Mr. John McMahon, Director General of Vanier College, is pleased to announce the College has approved its Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy and Procedural document. The policy was presented to Vanier’s Board of Directors at their regular meeting held on November 20th.
The Quebec government’s Minister of Higher Learning had issued a mandate in 2017 asking that all institutions of higher education adopt, before January 1, 2019, a policy aimed at preventing and fighting sexual violence.
“I am extremely proud of the collaborative effort that took place at the College between faculty, staff and students while we were drafting this extremely important policy. We felt it was crucial to act immediately on this and ensure we had a very comprehensive policy with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Most importantly we wanted to ensure that any survivor/victim of sexual violence at Vanier receives the maximum amount of support and is treated with compassion, dignity and respect,” said Mr. McMahon.
Vanier’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy and Procedural Document focuses on preventing sexual violence and providing clear avenues of support for individuals who disclose or report an experience of sexual violence. The policy includes elements such as safety measures, mandatory training activities, a process for filing complaints, reception, referral, psycho-social and support services.
Some of the other objectives of the policy include:
- Creating a healthy and safe learning and working environment for students and employees;
- Establishing procedures for the processing of disclosures, reports and complaints, and information obtained pertaining to sexual violence;
- To organize and offer comprehensive assistance and support to those who have experienced sexual violence (survivors/victims), including academic or workplace accommodations, counselling services, medical care and other support as needed.
The policy went into effect as of November 21st 2018.