Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, mostly undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. The residential aspect of our small size (2,900 full-time students) encourages students to immerse themselves in the complete Bishop’s experience.
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A liberal education is best defined as an educational philosophy, one that exposes students to a variety of disciplines and learning strategies and includes in-depth studies in at least one academic area. This style of education encourages students to ask questions, to consider all angles, to become excited by the pursuit of knowledge, to be confident in their abilities, and to become inspired through their academic experience.
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Bishop’s University was founded as Bishop’s College in 1843 and in 1846 moved to its current 550-acre campus. McGreer Hall was the first building to be erected in that year. Today, Bishop’s campus is characterized by a blend of modern and historical buildings and green spaces, evolving to meet the needs of the students we serve.
One of the most enviable characteristics of the BU campus is its physical setting: nestled amongst the rivers, forests, farms and the rolling hills of Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships, the University’s location features breathtaking vistas and possesses an atmosphere of rare beauty and charm.
Our goal is to offer Canada’s foremost undergraduate education. We aspire to be the institution of choice for outstanding young people seeking academic excellence in a community that instills curiosity, confidence, courage and a sense of responsibility in its students.
Bishop’s is more than just a university – it’s a lifestyle. BU is renowned for its small, intimate classes, amazing school spirit and genuine sense of community. It’s a place where you can pursue your passions and take advantage of a multitude of opportunities to make a difference and let your voice be heard.
Bishop’s hosts two open house events per year, as well as offering guided tours, both in person and virtually, for those who can’t make it to our historic campus.
To apply to Bishop’s University, simply fill out the appropriate application form on our website. Applications for Fall entry generally open in early September and applications for Winter entry generally open in the spring or early summer.
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We understand that choosing a university is not always just about the experience – money matters too. It’s why we do everything we can to help you sort out your finances, ensuring payments are easy to manage and offering assistance where we can.
Bishop’s offers over one hundred programs across twenty-five departments in five faculties. While most of these programs are at the undergraduate level we also offer graduate programs and continuing education courses. With a twenty-four to one student to faculty ratio, at Bishop’s you will never be just a number.
In the School of Education, we combine hands-on, real world experience with challenging and stimulating coursework in subjects such as linguistic diversity, multicultural education, and individual differences, giving you the tools you need to teach locally – and around the world.
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In the Faculty of Arts and Science, we want you to move outside your comfort zone, open your mind to new possibilities, and explore your passions and interests! The Faculty of Arts and Science is composed of three divisions, Together, these three divisions encompass more than 30 different departments.
Bishop’s University offers a selection of graduate programs designed to give students the opportunity to further their academic and professional development while benefiting from the intimate setting of a small, liberal arts institution. Through theoretical learning and research-based practice, Bishop’s offers graduate students the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and critical reflection skills to prepare them for a successful career.
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The Academic Calendar published by Bishop's University provides guidance to prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty and staff for the academic year. The information is updated annually in the summer.
Our Research Office supports a wide range of scientific, scholarly, and creative research activities conducted by the faculty and students of the university. Over 50 per cent of our research personnel are undergraduate students, who have the opportunity to gain research experience, in labs, in archives, or in the field. Our professors are also researchers and artistic scholars who make significant contributions to their field of expertise.
Research and research creation are fundamental components of Bishop's University's mandate as a post-secondary institution in the Quebec and the Canadian landscape and beyond. Bishop's University has adopted a Strategic Research Plan in order to develop and promote its research profile.
Canada Research Chairs are held by tenure-stream faculty member at Bishop’s University. All Canada Research Chair positions are filled according to the Requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs. The university uses a full, open, and transparent process for recruiting applicants for Canada Research Chair positions.
The Research Office is responsible for ensuring that research with human participants, animals or biohazards at Bishop’s University meets the highest safety and ethical standards. It also provides support in matters related to intellectual property and the responsible conduct of research.
Bishop's University researchers may apply for internal or external research funding, as well as for specific grants destined to cover travel and publication costs.
Students at Bishop’s University are given many opportunities to participate in research activities. This section outlines the various opportunities that are offered to Bishop’s University students who wish to get involved in academic research.
The Bishop’s experience reflects our students. Vibrant, curious, engaging, respectful, bold. It is a community like no other, where everyone is welcome.
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Living on the Bishop’s campus is an unforgettable experience. You will be welcomed into an instant community, enjoy amazing dining options, and benefit from unbeatable residence life programming.
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Bishop’s has a team dedicated to enhancing the experience of students living on campus. Their primary goal is to create a safe, inclusive, and engaging environment that promotes curiosity, personal growth, equity, and community engagement.
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Dewhurst Dining Hall (Dewies) is legendary, and just one of many dining options on campus. For most students living on campus, a dining plan is required, and for those off campus there is a plan for you too!
With sports facilities, services and activities to match a multitude of tastes and needs, we offer tons of options to get you moving and having fun.
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Student Services at Bishop’s University provides opportunities for individual growth in a learning community where the student is the center of our educational mission.
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In 1947 a competition was sponsored by the Committee on Athletics and The Campus newspaper to find a nickname for the University's Football team which would fire up the enthusiasm of the fans. Gaiters were an article of ecclesiastical clothing which covered part of the wearer's shoes and lower legs. These were worn by Bishops as part of the clerical dress when not robed.
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Whether you’re a dedicated athlete, a part-time, recreational player, a loyal Gaiters fan, or just looking to get active, you’re sure to find something at BU that will rev you up! With sports facilities, services and activities to match a multitude of tastes and needs, we offer tons of options to get you moving and having fun.
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Are you looking to improve your physical fitness? Want to participate in physical therapy sessions to help prevent injuries, or to care for injuries you have received? We can help you! Through our sports and recreation centre, we offer BU athletes and community members a variety of athletic services, including personal training sessions and a sports medicine clinic.
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Bishop’s University offers a variety of engaging and exciting bilingual summer camps to boys and girls ages 5-17. With over 30 years of experience, our popular Summer Camp programs are designed to enrich the lives of children and youth through high quality camp programming.
Opened in 2015, The John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre offers a wide array of programs and activities for the campus community and families in the Sherbrooke area.
Established in 1897, the Old Lennoxville Golf Club is one of the oldest in Canada. It is a focal point of the community. It boasts several prosperous leagues on the challenging par-35 layout.
Opened in 2018, the 7 KM of FIS certified groomed trails in the winter has brought a new clientele to the area. A partner of Club de Ski du Parc Mont Orford, skiing is a popular winter activity enjoyed by a number of ages. The trails regularly host elite-level events drawing competitors from across North America.
Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, mostly undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine...
A liberal education is best defined as an educational philosophy, one that exposes students to a variety of disciplines and learning strategies and includes ...
Bishop’s University was founded as Bishop’s College in 1843 and in 1846 moved to its current 550-acre campus. McGreer Hall was the first building to be erect...
One of the most enviable characteristics of the BU campus is its physical setting: nestled amongst the rivers, forests, farms and the rolling hills of Quebec...
Our goal is to offer Canada’s foremost undergraduate education. We aspire to be the institution of choice for outstanding young people seeking academic excel...
Bishop’s is more than just a university – it’s a lifestyle. BU is renowned for its small, intimate classes, amazing school spirit and genuine sense of commun...
Bishop’s hosts two open house events per year, as well as offering guided tours, both in person and virtually, for those who can’t make it to our historic ca...
To apply to Bishop’s University, simply fill out the appropriate application form on our website. Applications for Fall entry generally open in early Septemb...
We understand that choosing a university is not always just about the experience – money matters too. It’s why we do everything we can to help you sort out y...
Bishop’s offers over one hundred programs across twenty-five departments in five faculties. While most of these programs are at the undergraduate level we al...
In the School of Education, we combine hands-on, real world experience with challenging and stimulating coursework in subjects such as linguistic diversity, ...
In the Faculty of Arts and Science, we want you to move outside your comfort zone, open your mind to new possibilities, and explore your passions and interes...
Bishop’s University offers a selection of graduate programs designed to give students the opportunity to further their academic and professional development ...
The Academic Calendar published by Bishop's University provides guidance to prospective students, applicants, current students, faculty and staff for the aca...
Our Research Office supports a wide range of scientific, scholarly, and creative research activities conducted by the faculty and students of the university....
Research and research creation are fundamental components of Bishop's University's mandate as a post-secondary institution in the Quebec and the Canadian lan...
Canada Research Chairs are held by tenure-stream faculty member at Bishop’s University. All Canada Research Chair positions are filled according to the Requi...
The Research Office is responsible for ensuring that research with human participants, animals or biohazards at Bishop’s University meets the highest safety ...
Bishop's University researchers may apply for internal or external research funding, as well as for specific grants destined to cover travel and publication ...
Students at Bishop’s University are given many opportunities to participate in research activities. This section outlines the various opportunities that are ...
Living on the Bishop’s campus is an unforgettable experience. You will be welcomed into an instant community, enjoy amazing dining options, and benefit from ...
Bishop’s has a team dedicated to enhancing the experience of students living on campus. Their primary goal is to create a safe, inclusive, and engaging envir...
Dewhurst Dining Hall (Dewies) is legendary, and just one of many dining options on campus. For most students living on campus, a dining plan is required, and...
Student Services at Bishop’s University provides opportunities for individual growth in a learning community where the student is the center of our education...
In 1947 a competition was sponsored by the Committee on Athletics and The Campus newspaper to find a nickname for the University's Football team which would ...
Whether you’re a dedicated athlete, a part-time, recreational player, a loyal Gaiters fan, or just looking to get active, you’re sure to find something at BU...
Are you looking to improve your physical fitness? Want to participate in physical therapy sessions to help prevent injuries, or to care for injuries you have...
Bishop’s University offers a variety of engaging and exciting bilingual summer camps to boys and girls ages 5-17. With over 30 years of experience, our popul...
Opened in 2015, The John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre offers a wide array of programs and activities for the campus community and families in the Sh...
Established in 1897, the Old Lennoxville Golf Club is one of the oldest in Canada. It is a focal point of the community. It boasts several prosperous leagues...
Opened in 2018, the 7 KM of FIS certified groomed trails in the winter has brought a new clientele to the area. A partner of Club de Ski du Parc Mont Orford,...
Approved by the Board of Governors: December 17, 2018
Revised by the Board of Governors:September 27, 2019; December 17, 2021; October 7, 2022; December 16, 2022; March 17, 2023
This policy is also available in PDF format
For situations requiring immediate emergency assistance call Security at 819-822-9711 and/or 711 or 911For situations requiring immediate medical attention call 911For situations requiring support for survivors call the Sexual Violence Response Advisors at 819-822-9600 ext. 2695
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 make them 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.
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.
This Policy seeks to:
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.
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.
Bishop’s University will provide mandatory annual training geared towards the prevention of sexual violence to all of its students, officers, faculty, librarians, 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.
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 Vice Principal of Student Affairs where the complaint involves students.
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.
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 Vice Principal of Student Affairs, if necessary, to seek support and advice on how to best manage the situation.
As members of the Bishop’s community, staff share in the responsibility to ensure a learning and work environment free of sexual violence.
The Human Resources Department acts as counsel for faculty, librarians, 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.
The Vice Principal 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 Vice Principal of Student Affairs is responsible for coordinating the Sexual Violence Support Centre.
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.
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 Vice Principal of Student Affairs or the appropriate Academic Dean to seek advice and support to resolve the sexual misconduct.
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.
Any member of the University Community who has a concern or question on sexual or gender-based violence as defined in this Policy, may seek advice, support or obtain information by contacting a Sexual Violence Response Advisor at the Sexual Violence Support Centre.
The Sexual Violence Support Centre (“SVSC”) is the primary resource centre for response and support around all matters pertaining to sexual and gender-based violence as well as coordinating all education, training and communication to the community regarding sexual violence as set out in this policy.
The SVRAs act as a primary point of contact for members of the University community who have experienced any form of sexual and gender-based violence or need advice on how to address an incident that has been disclosed to them.
The positions of the SVRAs have been created to ensure that the University’s response to disclosures of sexual violence is coordinated, trauma-informed and survivor-centric. The SVRAs are the lead responders 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.
A SVRA will meet with a survivor/victim as soon as possible and seek to identify the nature and scope of the problem and possible solutions based on their needs.
Any member of the Bishop’s community who is made aware of an incident of sexual violence within the University’s purview as defined in Section 3, is encouraged to contact the SVRA, with the survivor/victim’s consent, in order to determine the best assistance to provide to the survivor/victim. The SVRA will support the survivor/victim and act as their advocate with any procedures the survivor/victim may wish to engage in.
The Assessor is an external investigator. Upon receipt of a Formal Complaint of Sexual Violence (FCSV), the Secretary General’s Office via the General Counsel will submit the FCSV to the Assessor. The Assessor will conduct an analysis to determine if an external investigation will be undertaken.
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 reporting, disclosure or complaint processes.
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.
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.
The Sexual Violence Response Advisors (SVRAs) are 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.
Analysis: A process, conducted by an external investigator, that is completed once a Formal Complaint of Sexual Violence (FCSV) is submitted, in order to determine if the complaint is admissible and an external investigation will take place.
Consent: A 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: A verbal or written account made by any person to a member of the Bishop‘s community sharing an experience of sexual violence. A disclosure can result in support, accommodations and immediate measures as requested by the survivor/victim. A disclosure does not automatically initiate a formal report process.
Formal Complaint (FCSV): When a survivor/victim fills out a complaint form in writing stating a breach of this policy. This form needs to be submitted to the Secretary General’s Office to trigger an assessment and possible external investigation. See Section 7 of this Policy.
Sexual Assault: 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: 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: Any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature.
Sexual Violence: 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.
The co-administration of the Policy on the Prevention of Sexual Violence falls under the Secretary General’s Office and the Vice Principal 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 Vice Principal of Student Affairs.
Disclosure is an option for survivors seeking confidential support, assistance and/or accommodation as detailed in this Policy. Survivors have the right to determine what, when and how much of their experience to disclose. However, for an investigation of an actual Complaint to take place, a minimum amount of information is required.
The University embraces respect for survivors as a fundamental value and upholds their right to receive non-judgmental support from specially trained personnel, who will present individuals with their options and help them to access a range of supports as appropriate. The University shall offer support to survivors who are members of the University Community regardless of where or when the incident of sexual violence occurred.
Complaints are an option for Survivors who wish to move towards a legal and/or disciplinary process in which anonymity is not possible.
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 Violence Response Advisors (“SVRAs”).
The SVRAs 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 SVRAs.
Any member of the staff or faculty who is made aware of an incidence of sexual violence is encouraged to contact the SVRAs in order to determine the best assistance to provide to the survivor/victim.
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.
A Formal Complaint of Sexual Violence may be filed in conformity with the procedures outlined below.
A FRSV must be submitted to the Assessor via a Sexual Violence Response Advisor or the Office of the Secretary General via the General Counsel using the 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 Formal Complaint. Those receiving the Formal Complaint shall keep the information confidential.
The Assessor shall refuse to take any further action where:
The Assessor, after consultation with the Complainant, may refuse to take further action where:
The FCSV can be filed at any time after the sexual violence event.
The SVRAs 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.
When a Disclosure or Formal Complaint (FCSV) has been made, the appropriate University authority (the Vice Principal 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. In the case of Student Respondents, the Immediate Measures for Student Respondents (Appendix A) will be applied. 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.
The Assessor provides a copy of the Formal Complaint of Sexual Violence to the Respondent and invites the Respondent to respond to the Complaint.
Upon receiving the response, the Assessor follows up with the Complainant and may request additional information.
The Assessor 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 Complaint file.
A Formal Complaint may be withdrawn at any time by the Complainant. The withdrawal of the Complaint shall be evidenced in writing and signed by the Complainant.
The Assessor shall investigate the Formal 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:
In addition, the Assessor may use the following methods as appropriate:
Witnesses can only be interviewed in reference to the Formal Complaint, not as character witnesses.
All members of the University Community, including the parties to the Formal Complaint, shall cooperate with the Assessor 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 Assessor may complete the investigation without the participation of the party who has failed to cooperate.
No later than 90 days after receiving the Formal Complaint, the Assessor shall report in writing the results and recommendation of the investigation to the Secretary General and to the Vice Principal of Student Affairs when students are involved in the complaint, and provide a copy to the Complainant and the Respondent under confidential cover.
The report shall be in writing and may contain the following details as appropriate:
The decision of the Assessor is final.
During an investigation, the Assessor has the authority to take appropriate preventive measures and actions to protect the security of the Parties.
If the Formal 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 Vice Principal 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 Formal Complaint.
The Principal, the Vice-Principal Academic and Research, the immediate supervisor or the Vice Principal 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:
Any violation of the “Policy” can lead to administrative or disciplinary measures including termination of employment or expulsion of students.
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.
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 Vice Principal 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.
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.
For members of the Bishop’s community, notice is deemed to have been given by using the electronic address provided by the University.
Once a decision on an incident of sexual violence is rendered, a party may request the return oforiginal documents submitted. The Secretary General will return the original and retain a copy.
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 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.
1.1 Immediate Measures may be imposed by the Vice Principal of Student Affairs on a student Respondent at any time following a Disclosure, Report or Formal Complaint of sexual violence, in accordance with this section.
1.2 Immediate Measures may be initiated at the request of the Survivor/Victim, following a REES repeat perpetrator identification or on Bishop’s own initiative in accordance with Sections 1.5 and 1.6.
1.3 Where a Survivor/Victim requests Immediate Measures following a Disclosure, the Survivor/Victim must consent to the release of their name and the general nature of the allegations to the Respondent. This information about the allegations is necessary for the process to be procedurally fair in cases where the Respondent is affected by Immediate Measures.
1.4 Immediate Measures include, but are not limited to:
1.5 Immediate Measures may be imposed on a student Respondent by the Vice Principal of Student Affairs where there is reasonable cause to believe that Immediate Measures are required to achieve any of the following:
1.6 In addition to the above factors, the Vice Principal of Student Affairs shall consider:
1.7 Any Immediate Measures imposed shall be reasonable and justified in the circumstances to meet the above goals.
1.8 The Respondent shall receive notice in writing from the Vice Principal of Student Affairs that the Vice Principal either intends to impose Immediate Measures, or in cases under para. 1.17 and 1.18, that the Vice Principal of Student Affairs has already imposed Immediate Measures.
1.9 The Respondent may provide a response to the Vice Principal of Student Affairs within48 hours following receipt of the notice. The timeline for the Respondent’s response may be extended in extenuating circumstances.
1.10 The Respondent’s response may include consent to the Immediate Measure on an interim basis, with a request that it be reconsidered or reviewed based on additional information, within a specified period of time.
1.11 The Survivor/Victim will be provided a copy or summary of the Respondent’s responseto the imposition of Immediate Measures, and 48 hours to respond. The timeline for theSurvivor/Victim’s response may be extended in extenuating circumstances.
1.12 The Vice Principal of Student Affairs shall consider the information provided by the parties in making the decision on Immediate Measures.
1.13 Within 48 hours of the imposition of Immediate Measures on a Respondent, the Vice Principal of Student Affairs will provide a written letter to the Respondent’s Bishop’s-issued email address or to the Respondent through the Residence Life Office, setting out the decision made, the information relied on in making that decision, and the reasons for the decision.
1.14 At any time either the Respondent or the Survivor/Victim may request that the Vice Principal of Student Affairs modify or remove the Immediate Measures. Such request should be made through the Sexual Violence Support Center (SVSC) (for the Survivor/Victim) or the Residence Life Office (for the Respondent).
1.15 A request for reconsideration of the Immediate Measures is appropriate in cases where there has been a change of circumstances. Where a request to reconsider the Immediate Measures is made, the other party will be advised of the request and provided an opportunity to respond.
1.16 If Immediate Measures are amended or modified by the Vice Principal Student Affairs, a decision letter confirming any changes, the measures remaining in place, and the reasons for the amendments, shall be provided to both the Respondent and the Survivor/Victim.
1.17 In urgent circumstances, such as where delay may cause harm to the Survivor/Victim and/or to the Bishop’s community or any Member of the Bishop’s community, the Vice Principal of Student Affairs may impose Immediate Measures immediately and prior to hearing from the Respondent.
1.18 In such cases, Notice in writing of the Immediate Measures shall be provided to the Respondent through the Residence Life Office within 24 hours of the decision being made. The Respondent shall have an opportunity to respond within 7 days. The Vice Principal of Student Affairs shall consider any submissions or new information provided by the Respondent and may modify or reconfirm the Immediate Measures.
1.19 If the Immediate Measure is a suspension or campus ban, any formal investigation will be undertaken on an expedited basis.
1.20 Student Respondents may be entitled to accommodations arising fromImmediate Measures (such as in the case of a campus ban) which may be requested through the Residence Life Office.
1.21 Immediate Measures imposed on a student Respondent may remain in placeindefinitely where:
1.22 Despite any agreement by the parties to continue the Immediate Measuresindefinitely, any party may subsequently request a reconsideration of the Immediate Measures, or the Survivor/Victim may elect to initiate a Formal Complaint.