Ontario college presidents unanimously endorse policy framework on sexual violence

February 3, 2015

The presidents of Ontario's 24 public colleges last week unanimously endorsed a framework for a uniform Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Protocol. Each institution will now begin to consult with local groups before announcing finalized policies by March 31. "There's an absolute and fundamental belief in the college system that this is our responsibility," said Linda Franklin, President of Colleges Ontario. Franklin said that most colleges had sexual assault policies in place, but admitted that they were often difficult to find and navigate. The new framework is intended to help victims find support immediately. It offers definitions, identifies points of contact, lists available support options, and specifies academic accommodations as well as the responsibilities of staff. The colleges are also asking the province to support plans for a 24-hour hotline for victims of sexual assault and to consider regulatory changes that would under certain circumstances allow law enforcement officials to share more information with PSE institutions. Colleges Ontario News Release | Toronto Star | Policy Template