Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy Training Course

Brock University (the "University") recognizes that Sexual Violence is a serious and complex issue that can adversely affect Brock Community Members.  The University unequivocally prohibits and will not condone, tolerate, or ignore any form of Sexual Violence that affects the work and learning environment at the University. 

This online course will help you to learn about the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy at Brock University.

Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy Training Course

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual Violence:

Sexual Violence is a spectrum of non-consensual sexual contact and behaviour which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, indecent exposure, and voyeurism.


Know the Facts

  • 1 in 3 woman experience violence from their partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 woman were sexually abuse before the age of 18.
  • 1 in 6 men are sexual abuse before the age of 18.

Even 1 person is too many!


What is the Purpose of the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy?

  1. promote a safe inclusive environment that is free of Sexual Violence;
  2. provide Survivors with a procedure to report incidents of Sexual Violence to the University
  3. create a decision-making process that meets the requirements of procedural fairness and holds those who have committed Sexual Violence accountable; and
  4. meet legal requirements under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other applicable laws and regulations. 

The University is Committed to...

  1. protecting the safety of Brock Community Members and Visitors;
  2. building an environment where Survivors feel safe to disclose incidents of Sexual Violence and seek support;
  3. protecting Survivors' right to dignity and respect;
  4. responding appropriately to disclosure of Sexual Violence;
  5. ensuring Procedures under this Policy meet the requirements of procedural fairness;
  6. providing support, services, and appropriate accommodation for Brock Community Members who are affected by Sexual Violence; and,
  7. providing training and education on Sexual Violence awareness, prevention and response.

NO MORE

Bystanders are individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it. They are someone who is present  and thus potentially in a position to discourage, prevent,  or interrupt an incident.

Know Your Rights, Responsibilities and Obligations

You Have the Right to:

  • a campus that does not condone, tolerate, or ignore Sexual Violence;
  • have access to supports, services, and appropriate accommodation if you are affected by Sexual Violence; and,
  • have an incident of Sexual Violence addressed in a manner that is appropriate in the circumstances.

You Have the Responsibility to:

  • to not commit Sexual Violence;
  • take action to address Sexual Violence on campus;
  • upon becoming aware of Sexual Violence, refer Survivors to support service and the Brock university Human Rights & Equity Office when appropriate; and,
  • cooperate fully with the Procedures under the Policy, in accordance with contractual obligations and the relevant collective agreements.

You Have an Obligation to:

  • foster an environment that is free of Sexual Violence;
  • engage with Brock Community Members to establish mechanisms to prevent and respond to Sexual Violence;
  • respond appropriately to disclosures of Sexual Violence;
  • provide access to support, services, and appropriate accommodation to Brock Community Members who are affected by Sexual Violence;
  • take reasonable steps to maintain confidentially of personal information received in relation to the Procedures under the Policy;
  • take reasonable steps to protect Brock Community Members and Visitors where there is a serious risk to their safety; and
  • make training available to your staff for Brock Community Members on Sexual Violence prevention and response.

Key Definitions

Consent

Consent is an active, affirmative, conscious, direct, unimpaired, and voluntary agreement to engage and continue to engage in sexual activity.

  • Consent cannot be given while impaired
  • Consent is ongoing
  • Consent cannot be given ahead of time

Coercion

The act of using subtle pressure, drugs, alcohol, or force to have sexual contact with someone against their will. Sexual coercion is ongoing attempts to have sexual contact of some kind with another person who has already expressed that they do not want to have sexual contact.

University Jurisdition

The University excercises jurisdiction over conduct that occurs:

  1.  on University-owned or leased premises;
  2. on University-sanctioned online websites and social media; and.
  3. where a Brock Community member is conducting University business or attending a University-sanctioned event.
  4. where two (or more) Brock Community Members are involved in an incident in which a strong connection to the campus work and learning environment can be made

Disclosure

When a person reveals information to a staff member in the Human Rights and Equity Office that they or another party has experienced an incident of Sexual Violence. Click here to make a disclosure.



How We Can Help?

You have access to our support from Human Rights and Equity. With your consent, we can help you with:

  • Referrals to counselling and medical services
  • Academic and workplace accommodations
  • Understanding the reporting options available to you
  • Navigating systems and resources within the university and the community 

You are Not Alone Contact Us Today!

P: (905) 688-5550 x 4859

https://brocku.ca/human-rights/sexual-violence/

Knowledge Check: Which one of the following is an example of sexual violence?

  • Stalking
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Voyeurism
  • All of the Above

Knowledge Check: Mark the following statements as true or false.

  • Consent for one kind of sexual activity means that Consent is given for another kind of sexual activity.
  • Disclosure is when a person reveals information to a staff member of Huma Rights and Equity Office that they or another party has experiences an incident of Sexual Violence.
  • Brock University does not have jurisdiction on University-sanctioned websites and social media.
  • The existence of a relationship or past sexual activity constitutes Consent.

Knowledge Check: Who/What the Policy covers

  • to all Brock Community Members and Visitors
  • to the University Jurisdiction
  • to all forms of Sexual Violence that affects the work and learning environment at the University
  • None of the Above
  • All of the Above

Knowledge Check: Match the Definitions

  • Consent
    is an active, affirmative, conscious, direct, unimpaired, and voluntary agreement to engage and continue to engage in sexual activity.
  • Coercion
    The act of using subtle pressure, drugs, alcohol, or force to have sexual contact with someone against their will.
  • Disclosure
    When a person reveals information to a staff member in the Human Rights and Equity Office that they or another party has experienced an incident of Sexual Violence.
  • Bystander
    individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it.

Take the Pledge: As a Staff Member, Faculty or a Student How Do You Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus?

Wrap-Up

Brock University is committed to fostering a campus where consent comes first. Together we support survivors when they disclose, intervene in situations which could lead to sexual violence, and conduct prevention and education campaigns.

This course has been produced so that staff members, faculty and students are aware of the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy.  

For further, more specific training on the Policy, on receiving disclosures, and where to access resources.  Please contact Allison Cadwallader - Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at (905) 688-5550 x4387 or via email [email protected]