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Sexual Violence Policy

LaSalle College Toronto School of Design complies with all Ontario Ministry of Education policies, including the one on Sexual Violence and Harassment to protect its students.

  1. Sexual Violence Policy
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design is committed to providing its students with an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating its students who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design has adopted this Sexual Violence Policy, which defines sexual violence and outlines its training, reporting, investigative and disciplinary responses to complaints of sexual violence made by its students that have occurred on its campus, or at one of its events and involve its students.
    • The person accused of engaging in sexual violence will be referred to as the “Respondent” and the person making the allegation as the “Complainant”.
  2. Definition of Sexual Violence
    • Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
  3. Training, Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design shall include a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy in every contract made between it and its students, and provide a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy to career college management (corporate directors, controlling shareholders, owners, partners, other persons who manage or direct the career college’s affairs, and their agents), instructors, staff, other employees and contractors and train them about the policy and its processes of reporting, investigating and responding to complaints of sexual violence involving its students. *Any company participating in offering student internships on their premises must provide an undertaking in writing that it is in compliance with all applicable legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will provide students access to those policies should they encounter issues relating to sexual violence in the workplace.
    • The Sexual Violence Policy shall be published on its website (or where the Career College does not have a website in a conspicuous location on each of its campuses).
    • Career college management, instructors, staff, other employees and contractors of LaSalle College Toronto School of Design will report incidents of or complaints of sexual violence to (PCCx Designate) upon becoming aware of them.
    • Students who have been affected by sexual violence or who need information about support services should contact (PCCx Designate).
    • Subject to Section 4 below, to the extent it is possible, LaSalle College Toronto School of Design will attempt to keep all personal information of persons involved in the investigation confidential except in those circumstances where it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others on its campus or the broader community are at risk. This will be done by:
      • ensuring that all complaints/reports and information gathered as a result of the complaint/reports will be only available to those who need to know for purposes of investigation, implementing safety measures and other circumstances that arise from any given case; and
      • ensuring that the documentation is kept in a separate file from that of the Complainant/student or the Respondent.
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design recognizes the right of the Complainant not to report an incident of or make a complaint about sexual violence or not request an investigation and not to participate in any investigation that may occur.
    • Notwithstanding (f), in certain circumstances, LaSalle College Toronto School of Design may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent if it believes the safety of members of its campus or the broader community is at risk.
    • In all cases, including (f) above, LaSalle College Toronto School of Design will appropriately accommodate the needs of its students who are affected by sexual violence. Students seeking accommodation should contact (PCCx Designate).
  4. Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence
    • In this regard, LaSalle College Toronto School of Design will assist students who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care, and provide them with information about sexual violence supports and services available in the community as set out in Appendix 1 attached hereto. Students are not required to file a formal complaint in order to access supports and services. Under this Sexual Violence Policy, any student of LaSalle College Toronto School of Design college may file a report of an incident or a complaint to (PCCx Designate) in writing. The other officials, offices or departments that will be involved in the investigation are (Insert Titles).
    • Upon receipt of a report of an incident or a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made, (PCCx Designate) will respond promptly and:
      • determine whether an investigation should proceed and if theComplainant wishes to participate in an investigation;
      • determine who should conduct the investigation having regard to the seriousness of the allegation and the parties involved;
      • determine whether the incident should be referred immediately to the police; In such cases or where civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence, LaSalle College Toronto School of Design may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures; and
      • determine what interim measures ought to be put in place pending the investigation process such as removal of the Respondent or seeking alternate methods of providing necessary course studies.
    • Once an investigation is initiated, the following will occur:
      • the Complainant and the Respondent will be advised that they may ask another person to be present throughout the investigation;
      • interviewing the Complainant to ensure a complete understanding of the allegation and gathering additional information that may not have been included in the written complaint such as the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;
      • informing and interviewing the Respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the Respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations and to provide any witnesses the Respondent feels are essential to the investigation;
      • interviewing any person involved or who has, or may have, knowledge of the incident and any identified witnesses;
      • providing reasonable updates to the Complainant and the Respondent about the status of the investigation; and
      • following the investigation, the (PCCx designate) will:
        • review all of the evidence collected during the investigation;
        • determine whether sexual violence occurred; and if so
        • determine what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken as set out in Section 5 below.
  5. Disciplinary Measures
    • If it is determined by LaSalle College Toronto School of Design that the Respondent did engage in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken. This may include:
      • disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff; or
      • expulsion of a student; and /or
      • the placement of certain restrictions on the Respondent’s ability to access certain premises or facilities; and/or
      • any other actions that may be appropriate in the circumstances.
  6. Appeal
    • Should the Complainant or the Respondent not agree with the decision resulting from the investigation, he or she may appeal the decision to (insert particulars) within (insert particulars) days by submitting a letter addressed to (insert particulars) advising of the person’s intent to appeal the decision.
  7. Making False Statements
    • It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint.
    • Individuals who violate this Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and / or corrective action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.
  8. Reprisal
    • It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation process.
    • Individuals who violate the Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and /or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.
  9. Review
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design shall ensure that student input is considered in the development of its Sexual Violence Policy and every time it is reviewed or amended.
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design shall review its Sexual Violence Policy 3 years after it is first implemented and amend it where appropriate. This date is (insert date).
  10. Collection of Student Data
    • LaSalle College Toronto School of Design shall collect and be prepared to provide upon request by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges such data and information as required according to Subsections 32.1 (8), (9), (10) and (11) of Schedule 5 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 as amended.

    This template is intended to be a Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy Guideline and does not constitute legal advice.

    Appendix 1

    The following represents a list of Provincial Rape Crisis Centres that could be provided as resources:

    Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres

    Assaulted Women’s Helpline
    Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511
    #SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile
    TTY: 416-364-8762

    Telephone Toll-Free: 1-877-336-2433
    ATS: 1 866 860-7082

    Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

    35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women. To locate the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre nearest you, follow this link.

    Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia
    Huronia Transition Homes operates La Maison Rosewood Shelter (Midland) & Athena's Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre

    24-Hour Crisis Line:
    Barrie: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799
    Midland: 705-526-4211 or 1-800-461-175
    Office: 705-526-3221

    Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District
    Toll-Free: 1-877-544-6424
    Office: 613-967-6300

    Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services
    Parry Sound District Office
    Office: (705) 774-9083 or 1-877-851-6662
    Muskoka District Office
    Office: (705) 646-2122 or 1-877-406-1268

    Sexual Assault Centre of Brantford
    Crisis: 519-751-3471
    Office: 519-751-1164

    Assault Response & Care Centre
    Office: (613) 345-3881 or 1-800-567-7415

    Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
    24-Hour Crisis Line: 519-354-8688
    Office/TTY: 519-354-8908

    Sexual Assault Support Services for Women

    Iethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter
    Akwasasne Family Violence Program
    24-Hour Crisis: 1-800-480-4208
    Phone: 613-937-4322

    Durham Region
    Durham Rape Crisis Centre
    Crisis: 905-668-9200
    Office: 905-444.9672

    Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County
    24-Hour Crisis: 1-800-663-3060
    Office: 613-735-5551

    Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
    Crisis: 519-836-5710
    Office: 519-823-5806

    Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area)
    Crisis: (905) 525-4162
    Office (905) 525-4573
    TTY: 905-525-4592

    Kenora Sexual Assault Centre
    Crisis: (807) 468-7233 or 1-800-565-6161
    Office: (807) 468-7958

    Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
    Crisis: 613-544-6424 or 1-877-544-6424
    Office: 613-545-0762

    Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
    Crisis: 519.741.8633
    Office: 519.571.0121

    Sexual Assault Centre London
    Crisis: 519-438-2272
    Office 519-439-0844
    TTY: 519-439-0690

    London Abused Women’s Centre
    Office: 519-432-2204
    E-Mail: info@lawc.on.ca

    Peel Region
    Hope 24/7 (formerly the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel)
    Office: (905) 792-0821

    Women’s Support Network of York Region
    Crisis: 1-800-263-6734 or 905-895-6734
    Office: (905) 895-3646

    North Bay
    Amelia Rising Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing/centre d’aggressions sexuelles de Nipissing
    Crisis: 705-476-3355
    Office: 705-840-2403
    TTY: (705) 840-5877

    Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton
    Crisis: 905-875-1555 or 1-877-268-8416
    Office: 905-825-3622

    Family Transition Place
    Crisis: 1-800-265-9178
    Office: 519-942-4122

    Sexual Assault Support Centre
    Crisis: 613-234-2266
    Phone: 613-725-2160
    TTY: 613-725-1657

    Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
    Crisis: 613-562-2333
    Office: 613-562-2334

    Peterborough & Kawarthas
    Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
    Crisis: (705) 741- 0260 or 1-866-298-7778
    Office/TTY: (705) 741-0260

    YWCA Peterborough Haliburton
    Crisis: 1-800-461-7656
    Office: 705.743.3526 x 130

    Sault Ste Marie
    Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc.
    Crisis: 705-759-1230 or 1-877-759-1230

    Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton
    Crisis: 519 337-3320 or 1-888-231-0536
    Office: (519) 337-3154

    Haldimand & Norfolk Women's Service
    Crisis: 1-800-265-8076
    TTY: 1-800-815-6419
    Office: 519-426-8048

    St. Catherines
    Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre
    Crisis: (905) 682-4584
    Office: (905) 682-7258

    Thunder Bay
    Thunder Bay Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis and Counselling Centre
    Office: (807) 345-0894 or 1-866-311-5927

    Timmins and Area Women in Crisis
    Crisis: 1-877-268-8380 (sexual assault)
    Crisis: 1-855-827-7233 (shelter)
    Office: (705) 268-8381

    Oasis Centre des Femmes
    Téléphone : 416-591-6565
    Courriel : services@oasisfemmes.org

    Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape
    Crisis: 416-597-8808
    Office: 416-597-1171

    Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County
    Crisis: 519-253-9667

    Domestic Abuse Services Oxford
    Crisis: 519 539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938