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Sexual Harassment Policy Guidelines

WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?

 The Ministry of the Attorney General defines sexual harassment as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct of a sexual nature that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be offensive. It is deliberate and/or repeated unsolicited comments, questions, representations and/or physical contact which are of a sexual nature.”

The Canadian Human Rights Commission broadly defines harassment, some of which is sexual in nature, as:

  • Verbal abuse or threats;
  • Unwelcome remarks,  jokes,  innuendo  or  disrespectful  comments  about  a  person’s  body, clothing, age, marital status, ethnic or religious background;
  • Showing offensive or disrespectful pictures;
  • Practical jokes that cause embarrassment or awkwardness;
  • Unwelcome invitations or requests;
  • Leering or other gestures;
  • Condescending behavior that takes away a person’s self-respect;
  • Unnecessary physical

PRINCIPLES

A. General Rules

  1. Sexual harassment will not be
  2. It is the responsibility of all students to refrain from acts of sexual harassment against other students, employees and other individuals with whom they have contact during the course of their studies.
  3. Students have a specific method of redress to follow in the event they are subject to sexual harassment.
  4. It is the responsibility of all individuals, to be sensitive to the possible existence of sexual harassment and to act quickly and appropriately to put an end to it.
  5. Employees or students who have engaged in sexual harassment of others will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

B. Updated Sexual Violence Policy (Jan 14, 2022)

 As per ministry, Fact sheet 12: Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/pepg/audiences/pcc/factsheet12.html

  1. If students, in good faith, report an incident of, or make a complaint about, sexual violence, they will not be subject to discipline or sanctions for violations of the private career college’s policies relating to drug or alcohol use at the time the alleged sexual violence occurred.
  2. Students who disclose their experience of sexual violence through reporting an incident of, making a complaint about, or accessing supports and services for sexual violence, will not be asked irrelevant questions during the investigation process by the private career college’s staff or investigators, including irrelevant questions relating to the student’s sexual expression or past sexual history.