November 23, 2016

College Policy Manual changes (November 23, 2016)

P104: Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault

Amended (Nov. 17, 2016/BOG #548)

As per the Ontario Regulation for Bill 132 (Regulation 131/16), Fanshawe College presented for approval a revised version of this policy to its Board of Governors based on the directive from this regulation which states that:

"A College or university described in subsection 17 (2) of the Act shall not adopt or implement a sexual violence policy, or any amendments to it, unless the policy or the amendments have been approved by the college's or university's governing board or council and, as may be applicable, the university's senate or academic council."

In May 2016, Bill 132, Ontario's Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act was passed requiring subsequent updates to Fanshawe's (as well as all other colleges') sexual violence policy. These updates have been discussed regularly by Colleges Ontario's Heads of Student Affairs group who have received presentations from representatives of the Ministry's working group which includes college and university staff.

Fanshawe's policy has been updated based on directives in Regulation 131/16, to include language that:

  • informs students that a formal report of an incident of sexual violence is not necessary to access supports, services or accommodations;
  • outlines specific offices and roles of administrators involved in a report of sexual violence;
  • outlines the investigative and adjudication processes;
  • outlines interim and final sanctions that may be imposed;
  • outlines the description of elements of procedural fairness that will be part of investigation and adjudication;
  • describes the rights of participants to have legal or other representation;
  • describes the appeal process.

Language has also been adjusted to ensure consistency with campus protocols and other policies. These changes were made by a subgroup of the Fanshawe's Sexual Violence Prevention Advisory Group (SVPAG), which includes broad representation from Fanshawe, the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) as well as representatives from the Sexual Assault Crisis Line and the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre. The revised policy has received support from the SVPAG, as well as the FSU Executive.

Hicks Morley has confirmed that Fanshawe's proposed policy meets the requirements of the Regulations and that the edits to language did not change the meaning or intent behind the suggested policy template.

The College Policy Manual is available on the Fanshawe website and Employee Portal. If you have trouble opening any of the files please contact Jackie Gray at 519-452-4430 x4406.