University of Ottawa adopts new policy on the prevention of sexual violence

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors yesterday adopted a new policy on the prevention of sexual violence aimed at maintaining a campus culture that fosters respect for every individual and a University-wide environment that is free of harassment, discrimination and sexual violence.

The new policy is a significant milestone in uOttawa’s efforts to foster a campus culture that encourages respectful behaviour, prevents sexual violence, and maintains a safe environment where students, faculty and staff can learn and work. It also ensures that uOttawa meets its obligations set out in Ontario’s Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) that requires all universities to adopt a policy to combat sexual violence.

Since 2014 the University of Ottawa has taken several key steps to counter sexual violence and harassment on campus, including the creation of a Task Force on Respect and Equality, as well as an Action Team responsible for the implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations. Establishing a policy on the prevention of sexual violence was one of the Task Force’s recommendations. Representatives from all sectors of the campus, including students, faculty and staff, as well as community partners, worked together to develop a new survivor-centered policy.

For more information on these initiatives and on the related resources available on campus, visit Sexual Violence: Support and Prevention.

Media inquiries

Amélie Ferron-Craig
Media Relations Officer
Cell: 613-863-7221
aferronc@uOttawa.ca

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer
Cell: 613-762-2908
sarah.foster@uottawa.ca

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