Policy and Process

The Policy on Sexual Violence outlines the supports and services available to those affected by sexual violence, the processes in place to address reports of sexual violence, the rights and obligations of community members regarding sexual violence and affirms the University’s commitment to procedural fairness.

This policy applies to York University community members including but not limited to students, staff, administrators, faculty, librarians, members of the Board of Governors and Senate, adjunct and visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows, volunteers, contractors, and invited guests.

• York University's Policy on Sexual Violence is University-wide and applicable to all students, staff and faculty.

• The French translation of the Policy on Sexual Violence (Politique sur la violence sexuelle)

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education is committed to engaging in ongoing dialogue with our community members whether it is through presentations, meetings or consultations to gain feedback and raise awareness.

More than 35 consultations were undertaken by the Sexual Violence Working Group with community groups across campus, with students, staff and faculty including three public consultations, representing 60+ hours of consultations. These community consultations allowed representatives of the Working Group to meet face-to-face with just under 600 community members. These meetings set the foundation for establishing our policy, and the vision for our office.

Our on-going meetings with the community continue to foster insightful input, help us build awareness and assist with education with respect to the policy. It is integral that we continue to meet with members of our community in order to raise awareness on the support services and accommodations available to survivors, as well as how best to approach training, education and communications.

Providing Ongoing Input on Policy and Process:

Advisory Committee:

The Sexual Violence Policy Advisory Committee is responsible for advising on the University’s Sexual Violence Policy and related policies, procedures and guidelines. Responsibility for addressing disclosures or reports of sexual violence does not rest with this committee.

• We encourage all members of the community to share their input. If you would like to provide feedback please email thecentre@yorku.ca. If meeting in person would be preferred, this can be arranged. Feedback can be held in confidence.