Queen's Sexual Violence Prevention & Response

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

You asked:

I am nervous about disclosing an incident of sexual violence to the university. What support can I expect from the university?
A student who discloses or reports an experience of sexual violence can access a variety of resources and/or support and receive referrals for services. This is regardless of where and when the sexual violence took place or the people involved.  With your permission, The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator (SVPRC), can work collaboratively with other resources on campus, such as Student Wellness Services, to make sure that you receive the support and assistance you want
How do I know if my report or disclosure will be taken seriously?
Queen’s tries to ensure that if you make a disclosure to any member of the university community, it will be received with support and empathy. You are encouraged to contact the resources provided on page 17 of the policy (which can be found here) as they are best situated to provide you with information about your options and referrals
Why doesn't the policy apply to everyone, all the time?
For the purposes of disclosures, for those looking for support and referrals, the policy applies to all Queen’s students regardless of where and when the sexual violence occurred.The policy is limited with respect to reports, investigations and discipline. For these processes, the policy only applies to incidents between student members of the university community. The university’s authority to involve itself in situations that do not involve current members of the Queen’s community is limited.
What if I experience sexual violence by someone off-campus, before arriving to campus, or during summer holidays/breaks? Can I still get help from the university?
Any student who discloses or reports that they have experienced sexual violence can access confidential help and referrals including speaking with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator. If needed, you can request accommodations regardless of the time or place at which the sexual violence occurred.
What is Queen’s commitment to protecting and supporting survivors?
If you have chosen to disclose or report an incident of sexual violence, you can expect to: - Be provided with non-judgmental support - Be provided with safety planning assistance - Be told about available support services and resources - Be treated with compassion, dignity and respect.
What is Queen’s doing to prevent sexual violence?
Queen’s has a sexual violence policy and related procedures for responding to disclosures and reports of sexual violence. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group helps to develop and coordinate training programs, awareness and education initiatives and other programming aimed at preventing sexual violence on campus. Please see our framework for sexual violence prevention here: http://www.queensu.ca/studentaffairs/health-and-wellness/sexual-violence-prevention-and-response-working-group
Does Queen’s offer training for students, staff and faculty on sexual violence issues?
Yes, there are a variety of opportunities for students, staff and faculty to get more information. For example, Queen’s offers Bystander Intervention Training to various student groups throughout the year. The Human Rights Office offers evidence-based sexual assault resistance education as well as training on dealing with discrimination and harassment. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator, Sexual Health Resources Centre, the Alma Mater Society and others, offer additional workshops, educational sessions and events throughout the year.
Where can I find the Student Code of Conduct and related procedures that are mentioned in the policy?
All the information related to the Student Code of Conduct and Non-Academic Misconduct can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/studentconduct/
Will it be confidential if I talk to someone?
Maintaining confidentiality is incredibly important to the university. However, there are instances where your confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, especially when the health and/or safety of members of the Queen’s community are at risk. For example, someone poses a risk to someone who has disclosed or reported having experienced sexual violence or to other members of the community. Sometimes reporting is required by law. For example, when the situation involves a minor, or when Human Rights or health and safety laws require the university to pursue an investigation. Other instances include when a residence don receives information about sexual violence taking place in a university residence. Sometimes information will be shared between staff and faculty. For example, when coordinating accommodations, academic considerations, or referrals to support services. In this case, students should be advised who information is being shared with.
Do I have to share the name or identifying information of the perpetrator/other people if I just want to talk to someone?
No. It is up to you to decide how much information you choose to share. For your own safety and the safety of the greater Queen’s community, you may be asked for the name and other information about the perpetrator. You do not need to share this information. You can discuss your concerns with respect to sharing it with the person requesting it.
What if I’m not sure that what happened was really sexual violence?
There are a few people you can talk to if you are questioning what happened. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator is an excellent resource. You can also contact the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston’s 24-hour phone line (613-544-6424) or visit a counselor at Student Wellness Services (613-533-500 ext. 78264), located at 146 Stuart Street.
What do I have to disclose to Campus Security or the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator?
You have control over what information you choose to share during a disclosure. Your options will be discussed with you to make sure that you are well informed and your agreement is necessary before any other steps are taken.
Where can I receive medical treatment?
The Sexual Assault Domestic Violence (SADV) (613-544-6424) Program at Kingston General Hospital offers emergency assistance 24/7 through the Emergency Department. They offer emergency medical care, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV and pregnancy and forensic evidence collection (including the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit) which you can choose to use at a later date or not at all. In the case of sexual assault, please note that it is recommended that physical evidence be collected up within 72 hours after the assault took place, but can be collected within 12 days of the incident. However, earlier is always better and your physical health is always the most important thing to consider. The SADV Program Nurse may also offer you support and referrals 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. The Sexual Health Resource Centre (613-533-2959), located in JDUC room 224, offers accompaniments to the SADV Program. You can also call or go to Health Services at Student Wellness Services (613-533-2506) at 146 Stuart Street.
If I don’t feel safe, how can Queen’s help me?
Queen’s is able to implement a variety of measures in order to improve student safety. Depending on your circumstances, you might want to have help developing a safety plan. Your safety plan can include options related to your academic, employment, housing and social life both on- and off-campus. Plans are tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. You do not need to make a formal report in order to get help to develop a safety plan.  If you make a formal report, either with the University or with the police, there may be additional things that can be put in place to help with improving your safety.
I need to take time off school or defer a test, exam and/or assignment because of what happened. Who should I talk to?
The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator (613-533-6330 or bjl7@queensu.ca) and/or Student Wellness Services (613-533-6467) can help you acquire academic considerations.
What if I experienced sexual violence while on exchange?
If you are still away, a representative from your department will often have information about resources in the country in which you are visiting. You should consider contacting someone in your department as well as contacting the SVPRC. If you would like to speak to the SVPRC, email her at bjl7@queensu.ca to make arrangements to talk by phone or Skype. If you are back on campus, contact the SVPRC for information about options.
What are my options for reporting sexual violence?
You can pursue criminal reporting and/or on-campus reporting. If you are thinking about making a report to the University, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator is the best point of contact. You can also make a report to Campus Security. You do not have to pursue reporting procedures when disclosing an experience of sexual violence, and if you choose to report, you can choose to withdraw from the reporting process at any time. At any point throughout the process, you can ask that the university stop conducting an investigation and you do not need to participate in the investigation. You can also file a formal report with the police. You can report both to the University and to the police at the same time.
Does it matter when I report sexual violence?
You can choose to report immediately or whenever you feel comfortable doing so. A report to the University can be made at any time while you are enrolled at Queen’s. There is no time limit for making a report to the police.
Will I be forced to report?
You will not be forced to report or participate in any reporting or investigation process.
Will I be forced to participate in an investigation if I make a formal report the University?
No, you will not be forced to participate in an investigation or conduct proceeding. However, if Queen’s becomes aware of an incident of sexual violence that poses a risk to the safety of members of the Queen’s community, it will be required to take reasonable steps to ensure that the Queen’s community is safe. Therefore, it may be possible that a processes may be undertaken or continue without your participation.
What are possible outcomes of an investigation?
If the allegation is substantiated the outcome may include: written warning or reprimand, letter of behavioral expectation, educational assignments, University community service, behavioral bond, loss of privilege, no contact order, Notice of Prohibition, or Requirement to Withdraw.
When would the police become involved?
Police do not become involved unless you ask them to be.  The University does NOT notify police of either disclosures or University reports of sexual violence.An exception would be when there is an immediate safety concern.   A student who would like to speak to a police officer to get information to assist in making a decision about police reporting can contact the SVPRC, a Human Rights Advisor or Campus Security for support with that process.
I live in residence. The person who assaulted me lives on my floor/in my building and/or is in one of my classes. What interim measures and/or accommodations can be made for me? What if I am worried about retaliation?
Depending on these circumstances, the university may put interim measures in place to ensure your safety. The university has the ability to separate the academic and living situations of you and your perpetrator(s)(if you both live in residence, on campus), suspend the administration of a student group, prohibit contact between you and your perpetrator(s) and restrict or suspend them from campus privileges and/or parts of campus. In residence, you can report to your Don or to any staff member in the building. Residence staff will listen to you and provide you with resources. You will be offered the opportunity to speak with Campus Security and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator. If there is a safety risk to you or other residents, the perpetrator may be moved to a different building, or have their residence contract terminated, and/or a notice of trespass to residences. Accommodations and academic considerations can also be made, including changing classes, continuing studies from home, extensions etc. More formal actions may be undertaken if you pursue reporting, an investigation is concluded and the allegation is substantiated. Queen’s understands concerns regarding reprisal and retaliation and will make all efforts to maintain your safety when reporting sexual violence
What if my perpetrator is a professor, TA or supervisor?
You have the right to a safe working and educational environment. Section 5.3 of the policy clearly states that a student affected by sexual violence will received appropriate support or accommodations, regardless of the role of the respondent in the Queen’s community.  Formal reports against employees follow a slightly different process than reports made against students. The Human Resources Department will take over the case.

Do you have a question that we did not answer? Please email the SVPRC at bj7l@queensu.ca

Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students