Career College Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy-November 2016

1. Policy Application
This policy applies to all career college students of Great Lakes Technical Training.

2. The Scope
This policy applies to complaints of sexual violence that have occurred on Great Lakes Technical Training’s campus or at one of our events and involves our students.

3. Purpose and Intent
All of Great Lakes Technical Training 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 prohibited behaviours, and outlines our investigative processes for sexual violence.

4. Policy Objectives
Great Lakes Technical Training 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 Great Lakes Technical Training 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 Great Lakes Technical Training 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 the 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.

5. 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.

6. Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence
Students, faculty and staff of Great Lakes Technical Training will take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual violence involving our students on our career college campus or events by reporting immediately to the Director, Patricia Bastien, 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 extend it is possible, Patricia Bastien 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.

Great Lakes Technical Training recognizes the right of complainant to determine how her or his complaint will be dealt with. However, in certain circumstances, Great Lakes Technical Training 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 Patricia Bastien.

7. Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence
A complaint of sexual violence may be filed under this policy, by any student of our career college, to Patricia Bastien in writing.

A complainant may ask another person to be present during the investigation.

Upon a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made Patricia Bastien 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 person 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 the 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.

8. Disciplinary Measures
If it is determined by Great Lakes Technical Training 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 Great Lakes Technical Training 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 Great Lakes Technical Training may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures.

9. 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.

10. Reprisal
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.

11. Review
This policy will be reviewed 3 years after it is first implemented

12. Collection of Student Data
Great Lakes Technical Training shall collect and be prepared to provide upon request by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges such data and information as required according to Subsection 32.3(8), (9) and (10) of the Schedule 5 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 as amended.

13. Resources
Rape crisis centres in the Windsor, Essex, and Lambton area.

Chatham
Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
24 hour Crisis Line: 519-354-8688
Office/TTY: 519-354-8908
www.cksacc.org

Sarnia-Lambton
Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton
Crisis: 519-337-3320 or 1-888-231-0536
Office: 519-337-3154
www.sexualassaultsarnia.on.ca

Windsor-Essex
Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County
Crisis: 519-258-9667
www.saccwindsor.net