Policy for the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Policy for the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Approved by the Board of Governors: December 17, 2018
Revised by the Board of Governors: September 27, 2019
Revised by the Board of Governors: December 17, 2021
Revised by the Board of Governors: October 7, 2022

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For situations requiring immediate emergency assistance call Security at 819-822-9711 and/or 711 or 911

For situations requiring immediate medical attention call 911

For situations requiring support for survivors call the Sexual Aggression Response Coordinator at 819-822-9600 ext. 2695


PREAMBLE

Bishop’s University (“Bishop’s) is committed to fostering a collegial learning and work environment that is free from sexual violence; one where students, staff, librarians, faculty and managers (the “University Community”) are treated with equity, respect, and dignity.

Bishop’s considers that sexual violence, in any form it may take, is an infringement of a person’s dignity and physical and psychological integrity. Bishop’s recognizes its responsibility to create a climate dedicated to excellence, where learning, teaching, and research can thrive. Bishop’s also believes that the key to fostering a sexual violence-free environment lies in the shared responsibility of all members of the community.

Through this Policy for the Prevention of Sexual Violence (the “Policy”), every person who is part of the University Community, regardless of their role, is called upon to play a part in creating and promoting an environment that is free from sexual violence.

This Policy is to be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with the Act to Prevent and Fight Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions, R.S.Q., chapter P-22.1.

Sexual violence is a serious issue that can affect anyone and have long-lasting impacts on our community. University-aged women are especially at risk of being victimized and many may experience multiple incidents of sexual violence in their lifetimes. Individuals from marginalized groups are also particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of sexual assault. Such groups include Indigenous people, trans people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and more.

The University recognizes that a person’s identifiers including (but not limited to) their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, and faith, could also makethem more susceptible to sexual violence and discrimination. The University understands that the intersectionality of multiple forms of discrimination on a survivor could affect how they choose to report an assault, access services, or seek justice. The University also recognizes that certain societal factors continue to perpetuate sexual violence. These factors include deeply rooted traditions regarding gender roles, historically weak legal sanctions against aggressors, and a culture of male sexual entitlement.

This Policy considers that every survivor of sexual assault has their own story, circumstances, and personal needs. The University is committed to using a survivor- centred approach by treating all survivors with dignity while respecting their rights and wishes after a sexual assault unless there is an imminent danger to the community.

Acts of sexual violence are prohibited by law and constitute University offences that may be grounds for sanctions. Bishop’s will address incidents of sexual violence with prompt action and will sanction such conduct by measures deemed proportional and appropriate in the circumstances, up to and including expulsion (for a student) and dismissal (for a member of faculty, staff or management).

Nothing in this Policy is intended to discourage or prevent a person from seeking assistance or pursuing a complaint with external authorities such as the police, the courts or administrative tribunals.

1. SCOPE AND APPLICATION

All members of the University Community and all persons present on campus for whatever reason are responsible for contributing, through their conduct, to creating an environment free of sexual violence.

This Policy therefore applies to all individuals within the University Community, including students, faculty, librarians, staff, managers, volunteers, as well as any third party having contact with the University, including visitors, alumni and clients. All outside contractors hired by Bishop’s will abide by, and their operations and practices will conform to, this Policy.

Incidents of sexual violence and cyber sexual violence are governed by this Policy where they occur in a University context, meaning on University premises or on work or study sites under the University’s control, or during the course of a Bishop’s-sponsored activity. Conduct that occurs outside of the University’s premises may be governed by this Policy, where that conduct has a real and substantive link to the University, and affects a member of the University community and impacts on the University learning, working or living environment.

2. POLICY OBJECTIVES AND FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

2.1 Purpose

This Policy seeks to:

  • Establish appropriate guidelines and procedures to foster a learning and work environment free from all forms of sexual violence;
  • Raise awareness about sexual violence and inform members of the University Community about their rights, responsibilities and recourses;
  • Provide assistance mechanisms to ensure that survivors of sexual violence receive appropriate support and perpetrators stop their behaviour;
  • Establish a process to determine whether sexual violence has occurred and to impose appropriate sanctions on perpetrators.

For greater clarity, this Policy creates a network of support for survivors of sexual violence, ensures a coordinated and caring response to survivors of sexual violence and commits to promoting and maintaining a safe campus, free from sexual violence.

2.2 Intimate Relationships

Because intimate relationships formed between people with unequal institutional power are prone to coercion, conflict of interest, favouritism, and exploitation, the University strongly discourages any member of its community from entering into a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, regardless of whether there is a supervisory or evaluative relationship, between two parties of unequal power, such as between professors or coaches and students.

Professors, coaches, managers and staff who work closely with students must not abuse their authority or compromise their important role in the lives of their students.

To protect the integrity of the University’s academic and work environment, Bishop’s requires that if such a relationship exists, the person with the greater power must advise the Human Resources Department and give up any supervisory or evaluative authority over the other person in the relationship.

2.3 Mandatory Training

Bishop’s University will provide mandatory annual training geared towards the prevention of sexual violence to all of its students, officers, Faculty, Staff and Managers, representatives’ associations and unions, and student association representatives as per the Act to Prevent and Fight Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions. The training initiatives will be available in English and French, and be re-evaluated on a yearly basis. Furthermore, all incoming students will attend mandatory consent workshops during Orientation Week. Students will also be required to complete online prevention of sexual violence training annually.

2.4 Shared Responsibilities

2.4.1 Secretary General’s Office

The Secretary General’s Office is responsible for the application of the policy in accordance with policies, regulations and agreements governing work and academic relations at Bishop’s. The Secretary General’s Office will inform the parties to a complaint of the decision on the complaint, as well as the Human Resource Department where the complaint involves faculty or staff, or the Dean of Student Affairs where the complaint involves students.

2.4.2 Managers

A manager having staff under their supervision will manage in a preventive way, so as to avoid sexual misconduct within their team to the extent possible. A manager is responsible for monitoring sexual misconduct and for acting quickly to solve it before it degenerates or gives rise to behaviour that can potentially be qualified as sexual violence.
They may consult the Secretary General’s Office or the Human Resources Department, if necessary, to seek support and advice on how best to manage the situation.

2.4.3 Faculty, Librarians, and Contract Faculty

Members of the faculty should manage classroom interactions in a preventive way to avoid sexual misconduct within the classroom. They are responsible for monitoring sexual misconduct and acting quickly to ensure that it does not result in behaviour that could potentially be qualified as sexual violence. A faculty member may consult the Secretary General’s Office or the Human Resources Department or the Dean of Student Affairs, if necessary, to seek support and advice on how to best manage the situation.

2.4.4 Staff

As members of the Bishop’s community, staff share in the responsibility to ensure a learning and work environment free of sexual violence.

2.4.5 Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Department acts as counsel for faculty, staff and managers. It intervenes in a preventive way to resolve conflict and to prevent it from degenerating. In cases where a situation of conflict cannot be resolved, the HR Department will direct the persons involved to the Secretary General’s Office.

It is the responsibility of the Human Resources Department to coordinate training and communication on sexual violence for faculty, librarians, managers and staff.

2.4.6 Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Deans

The Dean of Student Affairs and the Academic Deans are responsible for managing sexual misconduct involving students. They intervene in a preventive way to resolve misconduct before it degenerates. They will direct those involved to appropriate resources. The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for coordinating the Sexual Violence Support Centre.

2.4.7 Association of Professor of Bishop’s University (APBU)

All Bishop’s employees are responsible for helping to foster a working and learning environment free from any type of sexual violence. The APBU supports awareness activities and mandatory training. The APBU representatives are required to take all annual sexual violence training activities sponsored by the University.

2.4.8 Students and Student’s Representative Council (SRC)

All Bishop’s students are responsible for helping to foster a learning environment free from any type of sexual violence. The SRC collaborates in the enforcement of the Policy, in particular by supporting awareness activities and by contacting the Dean of Student Affairs or the appropriate Academic Dean to seek advice and support to resolve the sexual misconduct.

2.4.9 Committee for the Prevention of Harassment and Sexual Violence

The Committee shall participate in the review of this policy one (1) year after its initial adoption, and every five (5) years thereafter. The Committee is formed under Section 8 of the Policy on the Prevention of Harassment.

2.4.10 Sexual Violence Support Centre and Sexual Aggression Response Coordinator (SARC)

The Sexual Violence Support Centre (“SVSC”) is the primary resource centre for response and support in the case of sexual violence as well as coordinating all education, training and communication to the community regarding sexual violence as set out in this policy.

The SARC acts as a primary point of contact for members of the University community who have experienced any form of Sexual Violence or need advice on how to address an incident of Sexual Violence that has been disclosed to them. The position of the SARC has been created to ensure that the University’s response to Disclosures of Sexual Violence is coordinated, trauma-informed and survivor-centric. The SARC is the lead responder in cases of reported Sexual Violence and, with the consent of the survivor, shall act as their voice, where needed, and to coordinate the resources offered.

In addition, the SARC shall maintain relevant records and anonymized statistics for the University pertaining to cases of sexual violence that it responds to under this policy.

The SVSC, and the SARC, are located in the Student Services department where several other trained clinicians are also available to provide support to survivors as needed.

2.4.11 Assessor

Upon receipt of a Formal Report, the General Counsel, will forward the Formal Report to an External Investigator who will act as the Assessor to evaluate if an investigation is warranted. If such a determination is made, an external investigator will be appointed to conduct the investigation. External investigators who have expertise in trauma-informed and culturally responsible practices, sexual assault law and gender-based violence will be retained to conduct investigations for a three-year pilot project. This will be reassessed at the end of 2025.

The Assessor may not have a direct or indirect personal implication or interest in the complaint. In the event of a conflict of interest, the Assessor must recuse themself. The Secretary General will appoint another qualified individual to carry out the assessment.

The Secretary General may not have a direct or indirect personal implication or interest in the complaint. In the event of a conflict of interest, the Secretary General must recuse themself. The Principal will assume the duties of the Secretary General under the Policy.

The Assessor does not advocate for any party or take sides on any Complaint.

2.5 Fair and Equitable Treatment in Situations of Sexual violence

Situations of sexual violence will be addressed and treated in accordance with the fundamental principles of fairness and equity owed to all involved parties, and with a focus on putting an end to the unwanted behaviour.

The Complainant will not be subject to any questioning about their sexual history at any point during the disclosure or formal reporting processes.

2.6 Protection of persons involved

This Policy prohibits reprisals against an individual who has made a good faith complaint, sought advice, acted as a witness, or provided information regarding an incident of sexual violence. Retaliation, or any attempt to retaliate, is prohibited and may constitute grounds for disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct or applicable collective agreement.

2.7 Immunity Clause for Drug and Alcohol Use

The University recognizes that some individuals may be hesitant to disclose or report sexual violence in cases where they have been drinking and/or using drugs at the time the Sexual Violence took place. A Complainant or witness acting in good faith who makes a Disclosure or Complaint or participates in an investigation process will not be subject to sanctions for violations of the University’s policies related to drug and alcohol use at the time that the Sexual Violence took place.

2.8 Safety Measures

The Sexual Aggression Response Coordinator (SARC) is available during business hours to provide emotional support and resources to survivors/victims of sexual assault. In case of an emergency or a sexual assault, Campus Security staff is also available 24/7 to act as first responders. The SAFEGaiter app, which can be used by all members of our community, allows the University to promote safety on our campus and fight sexual violence. The app provides users with instant emergency-related messages, access to emergency guidelines, useful safety tips, FriendWalk, a campus map, and more. Bishop’s is committed to promoting safe movement on campus by: adding lampposts to pathways; installing card readers on new and renovated buildings; and investing in security system hardware and infrastructure.

3 DEFINITIONS

“Consent” is voluntary and continuous agreement to engage in sexual activity. Bishop’s University and its members are bound and guided by the Criminal Code of Canada which defines consent as the voluntary agreement of a person to engage in the sexual activity in question.

No consent is obtained where the complainant is unconscious or otherwise incapable of consenting to the activity; where the respondent induces the complainant to engage in the activity by abusing a position of trust, power or authority; where the complainant expresses, by words or conduct, a lack of agreement to engage in the activity; or, where the complainant, having consented to engage in sexual activity, expresses, by words or conduct, a lack of agreement to continue to engage in the activity.

“Disclosure” means when a survivor or any community member informs someone about acts of sexual violence. Disclosing can result in support, accommodations, and immediate measures.

“Formal Report of Sexual Violence” means when a survivor brings forward information to a member or unit of the University about an incident of sexual violence for the purpose of seeking an investigation and possible sanctions. This action will trigger an assessment possibly followed by an investigation as outlined in Section 9.1 of the Policy with the appropriate authority or other formal process at the University.

“Sexual Violence” means any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. This includes, but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, stealthing (act of removing a condom during sex without the consent of the partner), indecent exposure, voyeurism, degrading sexual imagery, distribution of sexual images or video of a community member without their consent, and cyber harassment or cyber stalking of a sexual nature or related to a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or presentation.

“Sexual Assault” is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another and includes such activities as kissing, fondling, oral or anal sex, intercourse, or other forms of penetration, without consent. Sexual assault can occur between strangers, acquaintances or be perpetrated by someone known to the survivor. It can also occur in a dating relationship, between spouses, or in any other relationship.

“Sexual Harassment” is a course of unwanted remarks, behaviours, innuendo, taunting or communications of a sexual nature and/or a course of unwanted remarks, behaviours or communications based on gender, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation where the person responsible for the remarks, behaviours or communications knows or ought reasonably to know that these are unwelcome. Sexual harassment may consist of unwanted attention of a sexual nature such as personal questions about one’s sex life, unwelcome sexual invitations or requests, or unwelcome remarks about someone’s appearance. Sexual harassment may also consist of unwelcome remarks based on gender, gender identity or sexual orientation where such remarks may not be of a sexual nature but are nevertheless demeaning such as derogatory gender based jokes or comments. A single serious incidence of such behaviour may constitute harassment if it has the same consequences and if it produces a lasting harmful effect on the survivor.

“Sexual Misconduct” is any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature.

4 ADMINISTRATORS OF THIS POLICY

The co-administration of the Policy on the Prevention of Sexual Violence falls under the Secretary General’s Office and the Dean of Student Affairs. All expenses relating to the implementation and the administration of this policy should be pre-approved by the Secretary General or the Dean of Student Affairs.

5. DISCLOSING

A Disclosure is an option for survivors seeking confidential support, assistance, accommodations and/or immediate measures as detailed in this Policy.

Survivors have the right to determine what, when and how much of their experience to disclose.

Any member of the University who may have information and/or a concern about an incident of sexual violence in the community that they wish to bring forward without necessarily seeking a recourse, accommodation or follow-up may file a disclosure.

In these situations, a Disclosure can be made to the Sexual Violence Support Centre or Campus Security, who will receive the Disclosure, support the person making the Disclosure and determine, in consultation with the appropriate unit, what steps need to be taken.

A Disclosure can involve either filing a written account of what happened which will be kept on file as an official record of the incident or filing an online anonymous report through the 24-hour, seven-day- a-week centralized online platform REES (Respect, Educate Empower Survivors) to disclose/report sexual violence and find off-campus supports and resources.

Neither of these actions launches an assessment. Confidentiality may be maintained as long as there is no immediate threat to the Bishop’s Community.

6. FILING A FORMAL REPORT OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

A survivor can file a Formal Report of Sexual Violence (FRSV).

A Report will trigger an assessment which may launch a formal investigation which could move towards a legal and/or disciplinary process in which anonymity is not possible.

Appendix A summarizes the various options a survivor has after experiencing sexual violence.

7. INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF CONCERNS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

7.1 Consultation with the Sexual Violence Support Centre and the Sexual Aggression Response Coordinator

Any member of the University Community who has a concern about an incident or possible incident of sexual violence/misconduct or believes that they have been a victim of sexual violence/misconduct, as defined in Article 3 of this Policy, may seek advice or obtain information by contacting the Sexual Aggression Response Coordinator (“SARC”).

The SARC will meet with the individual as soon as possible and seek to identify the nature and scope of the problem and possible solutions. The informal resolution may take the form of an agreement between the parties, mediation or other alternative resolution process.

A Community member aware of a non-immediate incident of sexual assault should encourage the Survivor to contact the SARC.
Any member of the staff or faculty who is made aware of an incidence of sexual violence is encouraged to contact the SARC in order to determine the best assistance to provide to the survivor/victim.

7.2 FORMAL RESOLUTION OF CONCERNS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

A report/complaint can be made to the police at any time with the goal of pursuing criminal charges under the Criminal Code of Canada. Where the University believes a criminal act has occurred and the community to be at risk, the University may report the incident(s) to the police.

The University shall make all reasonable efforts to respect the survivor’s privacy, confidentiality, and decisions about whether to report to law enforcement authorities, except in cases where the University would have a legal obligation to act (e.g., cases involving minors or cases in which there are reasonable grounds to believe a party poses a serious and credible risk of self-harm or to harm to another person).

In such cases the survivor will be informed and supported.

7.3 Initiating a Formal Report of Sexual Violence (FRSV) under the Policy

A Formal Report may be filed in conformity with the procedures outlined below.

A Formal Report of Sexual Violence must be submitted to the General Counsel who will send it to an External Investigator to assess by either consulting the Sexual Violence Support Centre, using REES or using the Formal Complaint Form provided.

By filing a FRSV, the Complainant authorizes the disclosure of its content and of their identity to the Respondent and to any other person involved in handling the Report. Those receiving the Report shall keep the information confidential.

The External Investigator, after consultation with the Complainant, may refuse to take further action where:

  • another recourse has been exercised in relation to the incident(s) that form(s) the basis of the Formal Report.
  • the External Investigator determines that an investigation is not warranted.

A FRSV can be filed at any time after the sexual violence event.

An External Investigator will be appointed to conduct the investigation should the Assessor, in consultation with the Secretary General’s Office, determine that an investigation is warranted.

The SVRA shall assist survivors in understanding each of these options and in ensuring that they have all the information that they need in order to make an appropriate decision on next steps.

7.4 Investigation and Resolution of a Formal Report

The External Investigator (EI) provides a copy of the Formal Report of Sexual Violence form to the Respondent and invites the Respondent to respond.

Upon receiving the response, the External Investigator follows up with the Complainant and may request additional information.

The EI also provides both parties with a copy of this Policy or the link to the webpage where it can be found.

Both the Complainant and the Respondent will be invited in writing to respect the confidential nature of the Reporting file.

A Formal Report may be withdrawn at any time by the Complainant. The withdrawal of the FRSV shall be made in writing and signed by the Complainant. In some circumstances, the University may request the report even if a complaint has been withdrawn.

The EI shall investigate the Complaint fairly and objectively, using such methods as are deemed appropriate in the circumstances, subject to the principles of procedural fairness applicable in a University context, which might include:

  • Interviewing the Complainant and Respondent individually in a non-interactive environment and inviting them to submit any further written submissions or documentation in support of their respective viewpoints;
  • Where appropriate, inviting the parties to submit the names of witnesses or other individuals with information that may be useful in the circumstances.
  • In addition, the EI may use the following methods as appropriate:
    • Seeking information from third parties, including meeting privately with any witnessesor other individuals suggested by the parties, as may be applicable and as relevant to the resolution of the Formal Report;
    • Gathering documents relevant to the Formal Report.

Witnesses can only be interviewed in reference to the Formal Report, not as character witnesses.

All members of the University Community, including the parties to the Formal Report, shall cooperate with the EI and respond in a timely fashion to requests for meetings or information. They shall respect the confidentiality of all information shared during the investigation.

In cases where the Complainant or Respondent fails to cooperate with the investigation process in a timely manner without appropriate justification, the EI may complete the investigation without the participation of the party who has failed to cooperate.

No later than 90 days after receiving the Formal Report, the EI shall report in writing the results and recommendation of the investigation to the Secretary General and to the Dean of Student Affairs when students are involved in the Report, and provide a copy to the Complainant and the Respondent under confidential cover.

The report shall be in writing and will contain the following details as appropriate:

  • Date the report was drafted;
  • Identification of the Complainant and the Respondent;
  • Description of the event or events which led to the Complaint and the facts alleged;
  • The findings of fact made and any other information relevant to the conclusions reached;
  • The EI’s determination of whether the Formal Report is well-founded, on a balance of probabilities, with reasons explaining the determination;
  • Recommendations, as may be appropriate, to ensure the resolution of the event or events that led to the Formal Report;
  • Recommendations, if any, of such measures as may be appropriate to prevent future incidents of sexual violence and improve the University environment;
  • Recommendations on the disciplinary action or sanctions, if any, that should be taken.

The decision of the EI is final.

During an investigation, the EI has the authority to recommend to the appropriate authority appropriate preventive measures and actions to protect the security of the Parties.

7.5 Immediate Measures

When a disclosure or formal complaint has been made, the appropriate University authority (the Dean of Student Affairs if the individual is a student or the Principal if the individual is a Faculty, Librarian, Manager or Staff) will consult with the Complainant and undertake a safety evaluation to identify and implement immediate reasonable measures necessary to protect and support the Complainant and the University Community in accordance with applicable Bishop’s policies, codes, regulations and collective agreements. Immediate measures may impact the Respondent and the Complainant. These preventive measures must be implemented within a period not exceeding seven (7) days. Should the appropriate University authority have reasonable grounds to believe that the presence on campus of an individual within the University community poses a threat to the personal security and safety of any other member of the University community, the authority may immediately restrict that individual from appearing on campus for a period up to 30 days on conditions that the authority determines to be necessary. This measure will be implemented in accordance with applicable University policies, codes, regulations and collective agreements.

7.6 Remedial action and disciplinary measures

If the Complaint is determined to be well-founded, the Secretary General’s Office shall, in the case of an employee forward the file to the Principal and/or the Human Resources Department, or in the case of a respondent who is a student, to the Dean of Student Affairs, who may take such remedial or preventive measures as may be necessary, depending on the circumstances and to the extent possible, to resolve or address the Complaint.

The Principal, the Vice-Principal Academic and Research, the immediate supervisor or the Dean of Student Affairs shall have authority to take disciplinary action as required against the Respondent in accordance with Bishop’s policies, regulations and collective agreements, and may consult with the appropriate administrative offices (e.g. Academic, Human Resources, Student Affairs, etc.) before deciding to impose a disciplinary measure or take any other form of remedial action.

The objective of the disciplinary action or sanction is to deter and prevent the continuation or repetition of the conduct, and may include a range of measures, such as, but not limited to, one or more of the following:

7.6.1 A directive to the Respondent to cease the behaviour, where a failure to comply may lead to further penalty;

7.6.2 A program of education or counseling to be undertaken by the Respondent;

7.6.3 A directive to the Respondent to make a written apology to the Complainant, if agreed to by the Complainant;

7.6.4 Suspension;

7.6.5 Dismissal or expulsion.

Any violation of the “Policy” can lead to administrative or disciplinary measures including termination of employment or expulsion of students.

8. RIGHTS

8.1 Right to be accompanied

In order to safeguard the rights of all concerned, any person who avails themself of this Policy and any person involved in a process governed by this Policy has the right to be accompanied by a member of the Bishop’s Community of their choosing or a friend or an immediate family member for support

8.2 Right to confidentiality

The University recognizes the importance of confidentiality in the handling of inquiries and Complaints of sexual violence and will make every reasonable effort to balance confidentiality with the legal responsibility of the University.

Records of materials relating to formal complaints will be handled in a confidential manner and will be stored in a secure location in the Secretary General’s Office during and after the treatment of the matter. Access to these records will be limited to the Assessor, Secretary General or the Dean of Student Affairs, the Principal, and to those required to have access under this Policy or when required by law.

University administrators and any other member of the Bishop’s community who, by virtue of their position or involvement in the treatment of an incident of sexual violence, are privy to information or in possession of documentation pertaining to the incident shall hold such information in strict confidence. This shall include refraining from discussing or releasing information in any form, beyond that required to fulfill the aims of this Policy and to manage the risk of harm to others, or as required by law.

Complainants, respondents and witnesses are expected to keep the details of any case confidential outside their immediate circle of support (e.g., their named support person, as well as immediate family members), in order to ensure the integrity of the investigation and decision-making process.

8.3 Right to be informed

Pursuant to the Act to Prevent and Fight Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions, at the request of the person who filed the complaint, the educational institution shall provide the person with information regarding the outcome of the complaint, whether or not a sanction was imposed, and the details and terms of the sanction, if any.

9 NOTICES

For members of the Bishop’s community, notice is deemed to have been given by using the electronic address provided by the University.

10 RETURN OF DOCUMENTS

Once a decision on an incident of sexual violence is rendered, a party may request the return of original documents submitted. The Secretary General will return the original and retain a copy.

11 REVIEW

The overall responsibility for the implementation and recommended amendments to this Policy shall rest with the Secretary General. This Policy will be reviewed by the Committee for the Prevention of Harassment and Sexual Violence and representatives from the Sexual Violence Support Centre, the General Counsel and a representative of the SRC one (1) year after its initial adoption, and every five (5) years thereafter. The Committee shall make any necessary recommendations to the Secretary General. This Policy may be reviewed from time to time as required by those responsible for its administration.