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Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

Camosun College has worked with students, faculty, and staff to develop a new Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy.

Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy finalized

Camosun's Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy PDF is now in place.

In addition to this policy, we have created a Sexual Violence Support and Education website, where you can learn how to get or give support if you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence. You can also learn about on- and off-campus services, and the processes available under this new policy.

Questions? Please contact Katie Shaw, Manager, Education Policy.

Policy creation overview

Camosun College is working together with students, faculty, and staff across our campuses to develop a new Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy. We invite the college community to come together and engage in our processes over the next few months to help develop this important policy by May 2017.

  • In May 2016, the BC Government passed legislation requiring all post-secondary institutions to create a Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy
  • Key Legislation Requirements
    • Students be consulted during the development and for any review of the policy
    • Education and training be part of the policy commitments
    • Report to the Board of Governors once a year on the impact of the policy and outcomes from the education and training work
    • Information to be gathered on sexual violence on campus for survey purposes

The college response

Camosun is striving for an inclusive and comprehensive response to the policy legislation. A formal, high-level leadership Steering Committee has been convened and four concentrated areas have been identified: college policy, education and training, communications, and operational policy leading to procedures.

Here is an overview of the structure the college has established; note the four working groups to support the policy development: Student Advisory, Community Advisors, College Community Working Group, and Interim Procedures team.

Get support

NEW Learn how to get support on Camosun's new Sexual Violence Support and Education website.

Camosun provides students and employees with support and assistance related to sexual violence, misconduct, and/or harassment.

If you are feeling unsafe or require immediate assistance:

  • Police, Fire, Ambulance
    • 911
  • Camosun College Campus Security
    • 250-370-3075 (emergency)
  • Campus First Aid
    • 250-370-3299
  • Use the Blue Phones on campus

On-campus support services:

  • Counselling Services
    • 250-370-3571 (Lansdowne)
    • 250-370-4925 (Interurban)
  • Camosun International Office
    • 250-370-3681 (Lansdowne)
    • 250-370-4812 (Interurban)
  • Indigenous Education & Community Connections Office
    • 250-370-3299
  • Campus Security
    • 250-370-4567

After hours and off-campus support:

  • Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
    • 250-383-3232
  • Police, Fire, Ambulance
    • 911
  • Camosun College Campus Security
    • 250-370-3075 (emergency)
  • Use the Blue Phones on campus
  • Need2 Crisis & Suicide Prevention, Education & Support
    • www.need2.ca
  • Vancouver Island 24-Hour Crisis Line
    • 1-888-494-3888
  • Saanich Police
    • 250-475-4321
  • Oak Bay Police
    • 250-592-2424
  • Victoria Police
    • 250-995-7654

If you are able, find a safe space and talk to someone you trust. We recognize some members of our college community are at high risk for sexualized violence. We are committed to serving all individuals of our diverse community.

Everyone responds to sexualized violence differently and Camosun has a variety of supports and resources on and off campus for the assistance you need, in a timely manner, when you are ready.

Consultation and engagement

Our stakeholders

Multiple stakeholders, both from within the college and across our communities, have come together to contribute important and diverse perspectives to this important work.

Here is a snapshot of the stakeholders that have contributed to date through our working groups:

Recap: Phase 1 outcomes

During phase one of consultation and engagement a variety of strategies and discussions were completed, including:

  • Three Consent Education Workshops facilitated by two student facilitators and attended by students, staff, faculty and College leadership.
  • Online general survey.
  • Information sessions with key stakeholder groups.
  • Student focus groups.

Through the first phase, the following important themes emerged from these engagement processes:

  • Education and Training
    • The College is committed to education and training as part of its overall response to the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act
    • Key areas of interest from the College community included:
      • How can we build a culture of consent? What type of education, training and resources do students, staff and faculty need to support a culture shift?
      • How can we build upon the work of other institutions related to bi-stander or up-stander training?
      • Where is there space for students to take leadership roles with their peers?
      • What is the best way staff, students and faculty can support disclosures from someone who has experienced sexual violence and misconduct?
  • Building Awareness and Understanding
    • Voices expressed interest in finding multiple ways to build greater awareness about the nature and realities of sexual violence and misconduct  and understanding of those who experience this form of violence in their lives
    • The College has committed to developing a stand-alone webpage that will house the new policy, unpack key terms and provide immediate support assistance information and resources.

More to come!

Timelines

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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