Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention & Response

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

What information is needed in the notification?

The SVPRC needs to know:

  • the date of disclosure,
  • the name of the person receiving the disclosure,
  • email and phone extension of the person making the notification,
  • the name of the student who has made the disclosure,
  • the QU email address of the student,
  • the student # (if available), and 
  • indicate if you would like the SVPRC to contact you (prior to following up with the student) for any reason related to the disclosure? (reasons for this request could include the need to share additional information related to safety)

How should the notification be made?

Please use the SUBMIT NOTIFICATION option under the Faculty/Staff tab to make your notification.  

What happens after the SVPRC is notified?  

The SVPRC will confirm receipt of the notification.  If the person making the notification has requested that the SVPRC contact them, this will be done before any other action is taken. Then, the SVPRC will contact the student who has made the disclosure. Contact will be made by email.  The purpose of this contact is to offer additional support and services to the student.  The student does not need to engage with the SVPRC and may choose not to respond to the email.  The SVPRC will not pursue a student who does not wish to engage unless there is an indication of a safety risk.  Beyond confirmation of receipt of the notification, employees who submit a notification will not be kept up to date as to the status of the follow up unless the student directs the SVPRC to do that. 

How to explain the notification process to a student:

Students should be made aware that employees have a requirement to notify the SVPRC about all disclosures of sexual violence.  A notification should be done in all circumstances, regardless of when or where the violence occurred and regardless of prior or current engagement with supports/services or the Criminal Justice System.  Students may have questions about why this notification is happening.  The rationale for this change to the policy is to ensure that all students who make a disclosure are offered information about a variety of supports and services. Student needs change over time and a connection to the SVPRC will be helpful over the course of their academic career at Queen's. Additionally, having a clear process for employees should ensure a consistent response to students who have disclosed an experience of sexual violence.