Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy
This policy applies to all students, staff, employees, visitors, individuals and contractors who supply services to IIBS College.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is “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, indecent exposure, voyeurism, and sexual exploitation.”
The Ontario Human Rights Commission also offers information and resources related to sexual harassment. (http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/what-do-i-do-if-i’m-being-sexually-harassed)
Purpose of this Policy
This policy ensures an environment free from any form of Sexual Violence and Harassment and a safe place to study and work to all students and members of IIBS College.
IIBS College will appropriately accommodate the needs of all students affected by sexual violence and harassment. The intension of this policy is to make all students feel comfortable about reporting any form of sexual violence and harassment experienced by them. All sexual violence incidents reported will be promptly addressed and investigated immediately.
Commitment and Responsibility of IIBS College towards Sexual violence and Harassment:
- Maintain a college atmosphere free of sexual violence and harassment
- Non tolerance of sexual violence and harassment
- Listening, acknowledging, being non-judgmental, providing assistance and respect to students who have experienced sexual violence and harassment in campus and off campus by providing all psychological and emotional support.
- Incorporate appropriate procedures to investigate complaints received regarding sexual violence and harassment.
- Ensure that justice is provided in the best interest of the student who has experienced sexual violence and harassment.
- Ensure that every student experiencing sexual violence and harassment gets the respect and dignity they deserve in equality and justice against such acts of violence.
- Maintaining confidentiality and anonymity of the student who has experienced sexual violence and harassment.
- Provide all assistance to authorities in the investigation of any process of sexual violence and harassment in or off campus.
- Non-discrimination against those students affected by sexual violence in past and to facilitate academic accommodations and other academic needs to every individual who has experienced sexual violence.
Process for responding to and addressing incidents and complaints of sexual violence involving students
- Any IIBS College student who has been subject to sexual violence is encouraged to immediately report such an incident to IIBS student security assistance program department at (905)-268-0958
- Any IIBS College student who has witnessed, or who has knowledge of, an incident of sexual violence against another student or individual of IIBS College is encouraged to immediately report such an incident IIBS student security assistance program department at (905)-268-0958.
- A report of sexual violence may also be referred to the police or to other community resources at the complainant’s request, which is in the best interest of the complainant in case the college cannot initiate an internal investigation under this policy due to non-availability of resources.
If any complaint is filed and which after investigation is found to be frivolous, not true, not in good faith and erroneous that complaint will be dismissed.
IIBS College will always respect the confidentiality of students who have disclosed sexual violence. IIBS College will also respect and support all individuals, witnesses and support groups who assist and are involved in the education, training and who are regularly involved in the administration of reports and complaints related to sexual violence. IIBS College will protect the identity of such individuals and ensure anonymity of names to see that no names are released to the public.
Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan
“It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment”
If you have experienced sexual violence, call the police at 911.
You can call the college student security assistance program department at (905)-268-0958 and speak to someone directly.
Every student has a right to file a complaint against any form of sexual violence and harassment. Such person will be treated with dignity, non-discrimination, respect and shall be provided all forms of assistance and cooperation in taking action against the perpetrators.
Every individual witnessing any act of sexual violence including any staff, employee, fellow students, faculty are required to report such acts of violence to the IIBS student security assistance program department at (905)-268-0958.
IIBS College process of investigation
Where a complaint of sexual violence has been reported to the College, the College will exercise care to protect and respect the rights of both the complainant individual and the person performing such act of sexual violence.
The college authorities will talk to the student who has experienced the sexual violence and also to the respondent.
A report of sexual violence may also be referred to the police or to other community resources at the complainant’s request, which is in the best interest of the complainant, in case the college cannot initiate an internal investigation under this policy due to non-availability of resources.
The College will cooperate with the local authorities and police where there is an ongoing criminal investigation.
The student who has experienced such act of violence will be non-discriminated and continue accommodation to the program that they are registered under.
Other Resources and support groups
If you need immediate support, you can reach your local RAINN affiliate at any time, 24/7, by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).
I am a survivor and I need help
Sexual assault centres
Help for survivors of recent sexual assault, past sexual assault, sexual harassment and childhood sexual abuse.
Helplines and resources
If you are a woman in crisis, there are a number of helplines and support resources available to you.
If you are a male survivor of sexual abuse, there are support resources and a helpline available to you.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission also offers information and resources related to sexual harassment.
If you feel suicidal:
408 Help Line – 24/7 Distress and Crisis Line
Call a distress line: 416.408.4357 (HELP)
For sexual assault/violence: