1. Definition of Sexual Violence
Sexual violence means 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.
2. Training, Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence
(a) DogPort Academy shall include a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy in every contract made between it and its students, and provide a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy to career college management (corporate directors, controlling shareholders, owners, partners, other persons who manage or direct the career college’s affairs, and their agents), instructors, staff, other employees and contractors and train them about the policy and its processes of reporting, investigating and responding to complaints of sexual violence involving its students. *Any company participating in offering student internships on their premises must provide an undertaking in writing that it is in compliance with all applicable legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will provide students access to those policies should they encounter issues relating to sexual violence in the workplace.
(b) The Sexual Violence Policy shall be published on its website (or where the Career College does not have a website in a conspicuous location on each of its campuses).
(c) Career college management, instructors, staff, other employees and contractors of DogPort Academy will report incidents of or complaints of sexual violence to a DogPort Academy Designate upon becoming aware of them.
(d) Students who have been affected by sexual violence or who need information about support services should contact a DogPort Academy Designate.
(e) Subject to Section 4 below, to the extent it is possible, DogPort Academy will attempt to keep all personal information of persons involved in the investigation confidential except in those circumstances where it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others on its campus or the broader community are at risk. This will be done by:
(i) ensuring that all complaints/reports and information gathered as a result of the complaint/reports will be only available to those who need to know for purposes of investigation, implementing safety measures and other circumstances that arise from any given case; and
(ii) ensuring that the documentation is kept in a separate file from that of the Complainant/student or the Respondent.
(f) DogPort Academy recognizes the right of the Complainant not to report an incident of or make a complaint about sexual violence or not request an investigation and not to participate in any investigation that may occur.
(g) Notwithstanding (f), in certain circumstances, DogPort Academy may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent if it believes the safety of members of its campus or the broader community is at risk.
(h) In all cases, including (f) above, DogPort Academy will appropriately accommodate the needs of its students who are affected by sexual violence. Students seeking accommodation should contact a DogPort Academy Designate.
In this regard, DogPort Academy will assist students who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care, and provide them with information about sexual violence supports and services available in the community as set out in Appendix 1 attached hereto. Students are not required to file a formal complaint in order to access supports and services.
3. Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence
Under this Sexual Violence Policy, any student of the DogPort Academy College may file a report of an incident or a complaint to a DogPort Designate in writing. The other officials, offices or departments that may be involved in the investigation are Woodstock City Police and the Woodstock Domestic Abuse Services.
(b) Upon receipt of a report of an incident or a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made, DogPort Academy Designate will respond promptly and:
(i) determine whether an investigation should proceed and if the Complainant wishes to participate in an investigation;
(ii) determine who should conduct the investigation having regard to the seriousness of the allegation and the parties involved;
(iii) determine whether the incident should be referred immediately to the police;
In such cases or where civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence, DogPort Academy may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures; and
(iv) determine what interim measures ought to be put in place pending the investigation process such as removal of the Respondent or seeking alternate methods of providing necessary course studies.
(c) Once an investigation is initiated, the following will occur:
(i) the Complainant and the Respondent will be advised that they may ask another person to be present throughout the investigation;
(ii) interviewing the Complainant to ensure a complete understanding of the allegation and gathering additional information that may not have been included in the written complaint such as the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;
(iii) informing and interviewing the Respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the Respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations and to provide any witnesses the Respondent feels are essential to the investigation;
(iv) interviewing any person involved or who has, or may have, knowledge of the incident and any identified witnesses;
(v) providing reasonable updates to the Complainant and the Respondent about the status of the investigation; and
(vi) following the investigation, the DogPort Academy designate will:
(A) review all of the evidence collected during the investigation;
(B) determine whether sexual violence occurred; and if so
(C) determine what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken as set out in Section 5 below.
4. Disciplinary Measures
(a) If it is determined by DogPort Academy that the Respondent did engage in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken. This may include:
(i) disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff; or
(ii) expulsion of a student; and /or
(iii) the placement of certain restrictions on the Respondent’s ability to access certain premises or facilities; and/or
(iv) any other actions that may be appropriate in the circumstances.