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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.   

Read the Working Group's report and recommendations

June 1, 2015

The working group has released its detailed report that includes recommendations to guide the university in addressing sexual assault, as well as a draft sexual misconduct policy.

The report, recommendations and draft policy represent the culmination of months of research, planning, and consultation with the Queen’s community, and an examination of best practices across the sector.

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison is establishing an implementation team that will prioritize the recommendations and set timelines for next steps, in consultation with the working group and its policy sub-committee. 

The draft policy will go through the university’s governance approval process, first to the Senate and then to the Board of Trustees, likely in the fall. Releasing the policy as a draft will allow the university to gather feedback from the university community. Until the policy is finalized and approved, the interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol developed by the working group and in place since December 2014, will continue to be used with existing university procedures for handling disclosures and reports. The policy sub-committee will continue its work on sexual misconduct procedures over the summer, with the goal of having them approved and in place by the end of 2015. 

Read the report and recommendations 

Read the executive summary

Read the draft sexual misconduct policy.

Should you experience any emotional or psychological discomfort or distress while reading the report, recommendations and draft policy, please contact the Kingston Sexual Assault Centre's 24/7 crisis line at 613 544 6424 or call Counselling Services at 613 533 6000 ext. 78264 to make an appointment. 

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 2015-2016

Arig al Shaibah (Chair), Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Student Life and Learning & Assistant Professor, Geography 
Lauren Armstrong, Peer Health Outreach Coordinator, Student Wellness Services
Lorne Beswick, VP Campaigns and Community Affairs, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
Beth Blackett, Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services 
Meredith Chivers, Associate Professor and Director of Sexuality and Gender Laboratory, Department of Psychology 
Alex Chung, Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
Jean Pfleiderer, Gender and Sexual Diversity Coordinator, Human Rights Office  
Claire Gummo, Assistant Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
Tess Hopkins, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
Chauncey Kennedy, Director, Residence Life   
Sarah Letersky, Vice-President University Affairs, Alma Mater Society 
Erica Baker, Equity Comissioner, Society of Graduate and Professional Students 
Nadia Sawaya Fehr, Outreach Counsellor,  Residence Life 
Jacqueline Tattle, Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre

Policy Subcommittee Membership

Arig al Shaibah (Chair), Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (Student Life and Learning) & Assistant Professor, Geography 
Irène Bujara, University Equity Advisor & Director of the Human Rights and Equity Office
Alex Chung, Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
Claire Gummo, Assistant Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
Lon Knox, University Secretary
Lisa Newton, University Counsel
Stephanie Simpson, Associate Director, Human Rights Office
Harry Smith, University Ombudsman


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); 
  • Completed a broad cross-campus consultation process that resulted in a report that includes recommendations to guide the university in addressing sexual assault, as well as a draft sexual misconduct policy


Crisis Response Resources 

Steps to take if you are sexually assaulted, Sept 2015 - Best printed on 11x14 (PDF, 77KB)

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, 948 KB) 

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

Report and Recommendations tguide the university in addressing sexual assault, April 2015 (PDF, 2.4 MB)

Report Executive Summary (PDF, 362 KB)

Draft sexual misconduct policy April 2015 (PDF, 687KB)