1. Do you want to formally report under the Sexual Violence Policy?
  2. 1. Filing a Report
  3. 2. Initial Assessment
    1. If the SVRC’s assessment is that the Policy does not apply:
    2. If yes, the Policy applies:
  4. 3. Investigation
  5. 4. Report
  6. 5. Review
  7. 6. Decision
  8. 7. Appeal

Do you want to formally report under the Sexual Violence Policy?

Throughout the investigation, confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

Whichever option you choose, there is always support.

If no:

If you choose not to file a formal complaint a full range of support services and alternative options remain available to you. Please contact the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for additional information and to discuss your options.

If yes, the formal process is as follows:

1. Filing a Report

To file a formal complaint, students need to send a statement to the AVP (Student Affairs). Faculty and staff need to send a statement to the Manager, Labour Relations. The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities can support you through this process.

2. Initial Assessment

The Sexual Violence Review Committee (SVRC) will assess the formal complaint and determine if the complaint appears to fall within the definition of sexual violence as set out in the Sexual Violence Policy.

If the SVRC’s assessment is that the Policy does not apply:

You can appeal the SVRC’s assessment to the University Secretary within 10 business days.

If yes, the Policy applies:

The SVRC will appoint an investigator who has competence in conducting investigations related to allegations of sexual violence to investigate the complaint.

3. Investigation

The investigator conducts the investigation in a fair, impartial and timely manner. During the investigation, the complainant and respondent may prepare written statements that are shared with each party.

4. Report

After the investigation is finished, the investigator sends a written confidential report of the findings of the investigation to the SVRC, the complainant and the respondent.

5. Review

The final report is reviewed by the SVRC. The complainant and respondent are provided the opportunity to address the SVRC in writing and orally.

6. Decision

Following review of the report and any representations, the SVRC will make its decision and can recommend consequences or measures as are appropriate.

7. Appeal

The complainant and/or respondent can choose to appeal the decsion made by the SVRC within 15 days to the University Secretary. The Appeal Board is convened to review the appeal.

In case of doubt or differences of interpretation, the Sexual Violence Policy (pdf, 358KB) will take precedence.