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Seeking input on sexual violence policy

Queen's community called on to provide feedback on the revised Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students by Nov. 22.

The following was sent out via email to all Queen's University faculty, staff and students on behalf of Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion).

Dear members of the Queen’s community,

We are seeking input from the university community on the recently revised Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students.  The revised policy requires an employee who receives a disclosure of sexual violence from a student to notify the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator, and the notification form requires the employee to give the student’s name and contact information. 

While the revisions were intended to ensure that those who experience sexual violence receive coordinated and comprehensive support, community concern has led Principal Patrick Deane to suspend these aspects of the policy pending further community consultation.

If you would like to provide input on the revised policy, you may submit written comments here by Friday, Nov. 22. 

Responses are completely anonymous and cannot be traced back to you. No personally identifiable information is captured unless you include personal or contact information in the comment field. Your response may be combined with those of others and summarized in a report.

The opportunity to provide online feedback on the revised policy follows two open meetings which were held to allow community members to provide feedback.  A brief summary of the comments made at the meetings can be found here.

All community input will be used to inform next steps.  Thank you for your interest in ensuring that our community is safe and supportive for everyone. 

If you are a student in need of support, resources available include: Student Wellness Services, Good 2 Talk, Addiction & Mental Health Services, and Empower Me. Faculty and staff can find resources at EFAP.  Any community member may also contact the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator at (613) 533-6330 or by email at bjl7@queensu.ca.