Career College Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy
Revision as per Bill 132 as Amended– March 16, 2016
Toronto Health School
- Policy Application
The Policy applies to all career college students of Toronto Health School.
- The Scope
The Policy applies to complaints of sexual violence that have occurred on Toronto Health School career college campus or at a one of our events and involve our students.
- Purpose and Intent
All of Toronto Health School career college students have a right to study in an environment free of sexual violence.
This document sets out our policy on sexual violence involving our students, defines the prohibited behaviours, and outlines our investigative processes for sexual violence.
- Policy Objectives
Toronto Health School is committed to providing our students with an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating those students who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.
To that end Toronto Health School will provide a copy of the policy to our students, and educate them together with our career college management, employees and contractors about this Policy and how to identify situations that involve, or could progress into sexual violence against our students and how to reduce it.
Where a complaint has been made, under this Policy, of sexual violence Toronto Health School will take all reasonable steps to investigate it, including as follows:
(a) providing on-campus investigation procedures to students for sexual violence complaints;
(b) responding promptly to any complaint and providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation;
(c) assisting students who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care;
(d) providing students who have experienced sexual violence with appropriate academic and other accommodation; and
(e) providing students who have experienced sexual violence with information about reporting options as set out in Appendix 1.
- Definition of Sexual Violence
This Policy prohibits sexual violence which 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.
- Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence
Students, faculty and staff of Toronto Health School will take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual violence involving our students on our career college campus or events by reporting immediately to the School Director if our students have been subject to, or they have witnessed or have knowledge of sexual violence involving our students, or have reason to believe that sexual violence has occurred or may occur which involves our students.
Subject to paragraph 7 below, to the extent it is possible, School Director will attempt to keep all information disclosed confidential except in those circumstances 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 our campus or the broader community are at risk.
Toronto Health School recognizes the right of the complainant to determine how her or his complaint will be dealt with. However, in certain circumstances, Toronto Health School 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.
A complainant seeking accommodation should contact School Director.
- Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence.
A complaint of sexual violence may be filed under this Policy, by any student of our career college, to the Administrator of Toronto Health School in writing.
A complainant may ask another person to be present during the investigation.
Upon a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made the School Director will initiate an investigation, including as follows:
(a) determining whether the incident should be referred immediately to police;
(b) determining what interim measures, if any, need to be taken during the investigation;
(c) meeting with the complainant to determine 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;
(d) interviewing the complainant, any person involved in the incident and any identified witnesses;
(e) interviewing any other person who may have knowledge of incidents related to the complaint or any other similar incidents;
(f) informing the respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations;
(g) providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation; and
(h) determining what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken.
- Disciplinary Measures
If it is determined by Toronto Health School that a student of our career college has been involved in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.
In cases where criminal proceedings are initiated, Toronto Health School will assist police agencies, lawyers, insurance companies, and courts to the fullest extent.
Where criminal and/or civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence Toronto Health School may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures.
- Making False Statements
It is a violation of this Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint. Individuals who violate this 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.
It is a violation of this 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.
This policy will be reviewed 3 years after it is first implemented.
- Collection of Student Data
Toronto Health School 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. 3 (8), (9) and (10) of Schedule 5 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 as amended.
TBD- Appendix 1 lists provincial rape crisis centres which 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
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
Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District
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
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
Sexual Assault Support Services for Women
Iethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter
Akwasasne Family Violence Program 7
24 Hour Crisis: 1-800-480-4208
Durham Rape Crisis Centre
Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County
24 hour crisis: 1-800-663-3060
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area)
Crisis: (905) 525-4162
Office (905) 525-4573
Kenora Sexual Assault Centre 8
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
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
Sexual Assault Centre London
London Abused Women’s Centre
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
Amelia Rising Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Nippising/centre d’aggressions sexuelles de nippising
TTY: (705) 840-5877
Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton
Crisis: 905-875-1555 or 1-877-268-8416
Family Transition Place
Sexual Assault Support Centre
Crisis: 613-234-2266 10
Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
Peterborough & Kawarthas
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
Crisis: (705) 741- 0260 or 1-866-298-7778
Office/TTY: (705) 741-0260
YWCA Peterborough Haliburton
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
Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre
Crisis: (905) 682-4584
Office: (905) 682-7258
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape
Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County
Domestic Abuse Services Oxford
Crisis: 519 539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938