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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group is a network of students, faculty and staff convened to mobilize efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus. The working group is advisory to the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs and works collaboratively to effect change at the individual, institutional and cultural levels, thereby contributing to a safer campus environment for Queen’s students.   

February 2015: Consultation Process Underway

The Working Group is currently seeking campus feedback on the interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol and in the following five areas:

  • Support and Response, including best practices in support systems and resources as well  as response teams and protocols;
  • Prevention, including best practices in awareness-raising campaigns as well as bystander intervention training and skill-building;
  • Environment, including suggestions to address social, cultural, and institutional factors to minimize systemic barriers to effectively preventing and responding to sexual assault;
  • Policy, including a comprehensive policy with associated procedures and guidelines; and
  • Assessment and Evaluation, including mechanisms to continue to research best practices, assess program impacts, and evaluate progress on and efficacy of various recommendations and initiatives.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in three ways:

1. Fill out a confidential on-line survey 

2. Attend an open meeting in the Levana Room, Lower Level of Ban Righ Hall, 10 Bader Lane
Open meetings will be moderated by Dr. Leslie Flynn, Associate Professor & Vice Dean of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences

Thursday, February 26       Noon – 1:00 pm      Faculty and Staff                                                      

Thursday, February 26       6:30 – 7:30 pm       Students (Graduate and Undergraduate)         

Wednesday, March 4         Noon - 1:00 pm       Faculty, Staff & Students (Graduate and Undergraduate)              

Wednesday, March 4         6:30 - 7:30 pm         Students (Graduate and Undergraduate)    

3. Attend a Confidential Meeting or Focus Group discussion: One-on-one meetings and small focus groups will be organized to obtain feedback from key campus and community informants and constituents, like Residence Dons, AMS Peer Support Centre volunteers, the Director of the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Gender Studies faculty members, etc. The Working Group will send out invitations to key informants and constituents. If you would like to be invited to participate in an interview or focus group, please email vpdean.sa@queensu.ca

Working Group Objectives

  • Provide a forum to discuss emerging issues and initiatives related to sexual assault;
  • Collect local and nation-wide information to understand campus context and develop practices;
  • Improve communication and information-sharing among campus partners and allies;
  • Inventory and suggest enhancements to policies, programs, services and resources; and
  • Develop and implement campus-wide initiatives to support prevention and response.

Membership 2014-2015

Arig al Shaibah, Assistant Dean Student Affairs, Student Life and Learning & Assistant Professor Gender Studies & Geography Departments (Chair)
Erica Baker, Equity Commissioner, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
Meredith Chivers, Associate Professor and Director of Sexuality and Gender Laboratory, Department of Psychology 
Margot Coulter, Sexual Harassment Prevention Coordinator, Human Rights Office 
Fatima Couto,  Clinic Manager, Student Health Services, HCDS
Christine Grossutti, Graduate Student-at-large
Kate Humphrys, Health Promotion Coordinator, Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS)
Chauncey Kennedy, Director, Residence Life   
Ashley Ratcliffe, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre representative 
Nadia Sawaya Fehr, Outreach Counsellor,  Residence Life 
Doulton Wiltshire, Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
Emily Wong,  Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society 

Policy Subcommittee Membership

Arig al Shaibah, Assistant Dean Student Affairs (Student Life and Learning) & Assistant Professor Gender Studies and Geography Departments
Irène Bujara, University Equity Advisor 7 Director of the Human Rights and Equity Office
Margot Coulter, Sexual Harassment Prevention Coordinator, Human Rights Office 
Lon Knox, University Secretary
Lisa Newton, University Consel
Stephanie Simpson, Associate Director, Human Rights Office
Harry Smith, University Ombudsman
Doulton Wiltshire, Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
Emily Wong, Social issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society 


Since its establishment in July 2013, the working group has met regularly and:

  • Developed a mandate and terms of references, and established a core membership of faculty, staff, and students. Membership has grown in response to identified needs;
  • Recognized the need to approach sexual assault using a socio-ecological framework, i.e., an institutional wide effort from administration, faculty/staff, students and a multi-level focus on programs that aim to raise awareness, prevent incidents of assault, educate, provide support services and resources for survivors, develop and implement policies and protocols to respond to incidents/allegations, and undertake ongoing assessment and evaluation;
  • Developed a draft inventory of existing resources, programs, protocols and policies, identifying gaps that would inform recommendations for new and/or enhanced interventions and initiatives;
  • Applied for and secured funding from the Women’s Campus Safety Fund to pilot a joint Student Affairs and Sexual Health Resource Centre peer-led co-curricular educational program using the Bringing in the Bystander curriculum designed by the University of New Hampshire;
  • Endorsed a successful proposal to the Student Affairs Balkwill Fund to support a pilot Psycho-Educational Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault (PEGaSUS), which launched in Fall 2014 and is co-facilitated by the Outreach Counsellor/Student Life Advisor (JDUC) and a Residence Outreach Counsellor;
  • Created a forum for faculty, staff, and students with mandates to educate on/respond to sexual assault to share, discuss and collaborate on interventions and initiatives;
  • Developed an interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol for the university (December 2014); and
  • Establishing a broad cross-campus consultation process to seek input on the protocol and on recommendations for the university.

Next steps January-April 2015

The working group's ad hoc policy committee, that developed the interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol, will consult best practices and stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students and community groups, and develop a permanent Sexual Assault Policy and associated procedures for the university. 

The working group, as a whole, will focus on developing a comprehensive set of recommendations to address and enhance the prevention of and response to sexual assault, through a broad consultation process to solicit feedback from campus and community stakeholders.

Both the policy committee and the working group are expected to have progress reports and recommendations by April 30, 2015. 


Crisis Response Resources 

Steps to take after a Sexual Assault - Queen's Poster, January 2015 - Best printed on 11x14 (PDF, 78KB)

What to do if you are sexually assaulted, HCDS Brochure, Queen's University, 2014 (PDF, 500KB)

Other Resources

Report on policies, procedures and support programs in place to address incidents of sexual assault at Queen's, University Counsel, August 2014 (PDF, 948KB) 

Interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol, December 2014 (PDF, 931KB)