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November 2020

WRITTEN BY: Rebecca Akong

Campus Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Offices, Part 1/4: Prairies Edition

Sexual violence is both an individual and a community-based issue. It can involve one survivor and one perpetrator, or multiples of each; it can also affect those involved in the lives of survivors, from family and friends to colleagues and professors.

For this reason, we wish to compile a list of resources by region, starting with the Prairies, to help those affected by sexual violence find support when and where they need it.

We also recognize that those affected by sexual violence may not be sure if they’re ready to seek support right away. For this reason, we hope that this short resource will help you gain familiarity with each Campus Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office’s (CSVSPO) objectives and approach, as these factors may assist those requiring support in deciding whether the consultation of a CSVSPO is right for them.

Even if you are not currently affected by issues of sexual violence, the below CSVSPOs can also provide information that promotes a greater sense of allyship to survivors and can help you be a more informed and empowered member of your post-secondary institution’s (PSI) community. We encourage you to check out the resources relevant to your region for these reasons and more!

Saskatchewan

What You Should Know: In Saskatchewan, no legal framework has been established by the provincial legislature to decrease the incidence of sexual violence at post-secondary institutions. Nevertheless, a number of PSIs have endeavoured to enact policies themselves, and to connect with one another and local organizations to address this problem and offer supports to students, staff and community members more broadly.

  • University of Regina (including Campion College, Luther College and The First Nations University of Canada)

    • Supports for sexual violence survivors and impacted community members are offered through a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR) initiative at the University of Regina. A formal report of the incident does not need to be made, and those affected are encouraged to connect with the SVPR coordinator by email.

  • University of Saskatchewan (including St. Thomas More College, St. Peter’s College, Briercrest College & Seminary, College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, Horizon College & Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew’s College)

    • Supports for sexual violence survivors and impacted community members are offered through the Student Affairs and Outreach department, which is a general support service that consists of a team of social workers who will tailor their services to the circumstances of the individual seeking support. This means that while the department is general in nature, instances of sexual violence will be responded-to appropriately by trained professionals.

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic

    • Saskatchewan Polytechnic does not appear to have a formal CSVSPO, although our research is inconclusive given some broken links and lack of access to their Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence policy online. Courage to Act nonetheless encourages survivors or allies to reach out to one of the nine crisis lines that make up the Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan for further support

  • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

    • There is no formal CSVSPO, but survivors are encouraged to reach out to either the Vice President of Academics or the Vice President of Human Resources, depending on the nature of the sexual violence that occurred

  • Carlton Trail College

    • There is no formal CSVSPO, but survivors are encouraged to reach out to one of the nine crisis lines that make up the Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan

  • Northlands College

    • There is no formal CSVSPO, but Courage to Act encourages survivors or allies to reach out to one of the nine crisis lines that make up the Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan for further support

  • Great Plains College

    • There is no formal CSVSPO, but staff and students alike “must report all [sexual intimidation or assault] to a Great Plains College staff member or CALL 1-866-296-2472”. Note that a Student Violence Threat Risk Assessment will be initiated for such reports.

  • Cumberland College

    • There is no formal CSVSPO, but survivors are encouraged to reach out to one of the nine crisis lines that make up the Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan

  • Parkland College

    • There is no formal CSVSPO, but Parkland College has pledged to engage in a Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol where any staff or students demonstrate ‘high-risk’ behaviours, including sexual violence.

  • North West College

    • While no formal CSVSPO has been established, North West College recently implemented a “comprehensive Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy”.

  • Southeast College

    • While no formal CSVSPO has been established, Southeast College implemented a Sexual Assault Policy in 2016.

Manitoba

What You Should Know: In Manitoba, all public universities, colleges, or other institutions authorized to grant degrees under The Degree Granting Act are required to act in accordance with The Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Act.  This means that they must enact and implement a SVP with the aim of decreasing the incidence of sexual violence at or in relation to their institution. Naturally, the actions and initiatives undertaken by CSVSPOs must be consistent with the responsibilities imposed upon their respective PSIs under The SVAPA. Some private institutions have also enacted policies to help mitigate this enduring issue.

  • Assiniboine Community College

    • This institution does not have a formal CSVSPO, but has partnered with a program called Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors (REES), to provide survivors with a virtual reporting tool and information about sexual assault centres and support services near them.

  • Booth University College

    • Booth UC does not have a formal CSVSPO, but has enacted a SVP and also maintains a partnership with REES and encourages those affected by sexual violence on campus to contact the Human Resources Coordinator, Dean of Students or Student Services Coordinator.

  • Brandon University

    • Brandon University maintains a partnership with REES for the virtual reporting of instances of SV and has a Sexual Violence Education and Prevention Coordinator.

  • CDI College

    • CDI College has adopted a SVP, although it does not have a formal CSVSPO. All complaints or requests for support are to be made to the Campus Director, who then provides survivors with community-based resources.

  • Canadian Mennonite University

    • In 2018, CMU adopted a SVP which establishes the PSI’s Sexual Violence Prevention Committee. The SVPC’s objective is to oversee and implement awareness and training with respect to SV.

  • Herzing College

    • No formal CSVSPO exists, but those affected by SV are encouraged to contact the Herzing College Sexual Violence Designate (Robin Day, at the time of this blog’s publication).

  • Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

    • MITT does not appear to have established a formal CSVSPO, but Student Services and People Services are able to offer support to community members affected by SV. MITT also maintains a partnership with REES for the virtual reporting of instances of SV.

  • Manitoba Tourism Education College

    • MTEC has adopted a SVP which states that supports will be provided to those affected once a disclosure is made, regardless of whether a formal complaint is initiated. While no formal CSVSPO has been established, MTEC does have a Health and Safety Representative, to whom all SV-related concerns should be forwarded.

  • Providence University College

    • Providence’s SVP was adopted in 2017 and sets out that any person affected by SV may make a disclosure of such to a Compassionate Responder (any staff or faculty member, or a student trained in trauma-informed responses to SV disclosures), although no formal CSVSPO has been established. UC maintains both a Sexual Violence Advisory Committee and a partnership with REES for the virtual reporting of instances of SV.

  • Red River College

    • RRC does not appear to have a formal CSVSPO, but sets out in its SPV that the Human Resource Services department and Resource and Resolution Advisor with assist with training and providing support to the RRC community.

  • Robertson College

    • This PSI has adopted a Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy but does not appear to have a formal CSVSPO. The SVP itself does not include a list of supports or make known to how or to whom reports of SV should be made, nor does it include a handy list of resources for community members.

  • Steinbach Bible College

    • This institution adopted a SVP in 2017 and maintains a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Committee, which assists with the effective implementation of said policy. While it does not have a formal CSVSPO, SBC is committed to training staff members to be Compassionate Responders, who are responsible for the trauma-informed intake of SV disclosures. It has also partnered with REES to encourage the SBC community to virtually report instances of SV.

  • Université de Saint-Boniface (including l’École Technique et Professionnelle)

    • USB has adopted a SVP as of 2017. All complaints or SV-related concerns are relegated to the institution’s Human Rights department (Service des ressources humaines), which then implicates the Sexual Violence Intervention Team (Équipe d’intervention en cas de violence à caractère sexuel), although only where an “urgent and high-priority (translation)” case of sexual violence has been brought to its attention. Both bodies should be well-placed to provide general support to those PSI community members affected by sexual violence.

  • University of Manitoba (including the International College of Manitoba)

    • The University of Manitoba established the Sexual Violence Resource Centre (SVRC), a resource hub, to disseminate general information about SV resources on campus. Amongst other resources, it encourages students to contact the Student Support Case Management Office for academic-related supports and accommodations, and the Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management with respect to gaining further information about initiating a complaint process.

  • University of Winnipeg

    • Students affected by sexual violence are encouraged to contact the Sexual Violence Response Team, while staff or faculty affected by sexual violence are encouraged to contact the Human Rights and Diversity Office. Staff are able to assist with arranging physical or academic accommodations, connecting with community organizations and initiating a formal complaint with the University of Winnipeg.

In compiling this list, it has occurred to us how different the resources relied upon by PSIs are from one province, and even one institution, to another. As a project seeking to raise awareness of gender equity, it is our hope that all survivors at PSIs would have direct, on-campus support. While we recognize that this is not currently the case, we are hopeful that the review and amendment of each institution’s policy will lead to the development of more CSVSPOs in the near future. Stay tuned for our next entry in this series of Canadian PSI resources by region.

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