All Ontario colleges now have stand-alone sexual violence policies

April 6, 2015

All 24 of Ontario’s publicly funded colleges now have a stand-alone policy and protocol on sexual assault and sexual violence. College presidents voted unanimously in November to establish the policies, and Premier Kathleen Wynne last month announced she would introduce legislation requiring all provincial PSE institutions to have sexual assault policies. Colleges used a provincial template for their policies, but were able to tailor them to specific community needs and recommendations. The policies provide clear definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, set clear standards for reporting and responding to incidents, and establish clear processes for complaints and investigations. In addition, policies include measures to ensure complainants are protected from reprisals and from being identified. “This is an important step to promote safe campuses and ensure everyone’s rights and responsibilities are clearly understood,” said Colleges Ontario President Linda Franklin. Colleges Ontario News Release