About the Sexual Violence Policy

As a community, Carleton University supports and is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working and living environment where sexual violence will not be tolerated and is treated with the seriousness it deserves. Carleton acknowledges that individuals who are members of equity-seeking groups who experience intersecting forms of disadvantage based on the protected grounds in the Ontario Human Rights Code may be disproportionately affected by sexual violence and its consequences. The purpose of this Policy is to articulate Carleton University’s commitment to a safe, supportive and healthy campus and to confirm its commitment to provide support to those members directly affected by sexual violence.

This Policy is also intended to:

  1. Set out the University’s statement of values and commitments to address sexual violence;
  2. Provide information about supports and services available at Carleton University and in the community;
  3. Ensure follow-up once a report is made to the University;
  4. Provide information about the University’s process for responding to and addressing incidents and complaints of sexual violence;
  5. Meet the University’s obligations under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, and workplace sexual harassment; and,
  6. Reinforce and enhance the Carleton University Statement on Conduct and Human Rights and related policies and procedures addressing sexual violence, sexual harassment and workplace sexual harassment.

This Policy applies to all members of the University community (as defined below), whether they are in the University’s learning, living or work environment, on or off campus, or interacting through social or other electronic media. This Policy does not replace or supersede existing collective agreement provisions.

Read the Policy

Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy was passed by the Carleton Board of Governors on December 1, 2016, and will now be shared with the Government of Ontario. The Policy can be viewed at: Sexual Violence Policy.

Annual Report

The Sexual Violence Policy mandates that an annual report is presented to the Board for information. The 2017 annual report on Sexual Violence was presented to the Board of Governors on February 8, 2018. Read the report.

A Message from the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)

For the development of this policy, members of Equity Services, Human Resources and the Office of the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) have collaborated with campus stakeholders to write a sexual violence policy representative of our collective community. They took part in over 30 meetings, consultations and focus groups, and received more than 140 individual comments as well as many policy-specific feedback documents. We are extremely pleased with the involvement of our community in drafting such an important document that is reflective of the Carleton community members.

As the University moves forward with the policy’s implementation, we remain committed to providing students, faculty and staff with a safe, healthy and respectful environment. Thank you to all who participated in the creation of Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy.


Suzanne Blanchard, Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)

Feedback and Comments

The Sexual Violence Policy will be reviewed every three years. Feedback and comments concerning the Sexual Violence Policy, can be shared directly with us at svpolicy@carleton.ca or using the confidential form below.

You can view a summary of comments and feedback received, in response to the October 2016 draft, by clicking on the following link: Sexual Violence Policy Draft Feedback Summary.

Information submitted in this form is confidential and your privacy will be respected.