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Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force

Queen’s University is committed to providing non-judgmental sexual violence support and response. Please visit the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response website for more information.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force was initially established in 2013 as the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group. It is a network of students, faculty and staff convened to mobilize efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus.The task force is chaired by the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs and works collaboratively to effect change at the individual, institutional and cultural levels, to contribute to a safer campus environment for Queen’s students.   

In December 2016, the university's sexual violence policy was updated, and approved by the university's Board of Trustees to align with provincial legislation and regulations. The policy was first approved in March 2016 after extensive consultation with students and campus stakeholders. The policy was revised in early 2018. The revision process included extensive consultation with stakeholders, such as the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Implementation Team, both of which include student, faculty, and staff representatives.

Starting in Fall 2015, new sexual violence prevention and education initiatives and resources were put in place for Orientation Week: New first-responder and bystander training was provided to all orientation leaders and student volunteers, dons and residence student leaders, counsellors and other first responders, including security staff; Queen's hosted Dr. Rachel Griffin, an American gender violence scholar who gave a talk to first-year students and staff; and consent and resource information was delivered to all first-year undergraduate students and incoming graduate students. In Fall 2016, these initiatives continued and Mike Domitrz, of the Date Safe Project, spoke to all first-year students, focusing on how-to skills for asking for consent, being a proactive bystander and how to support survivors of sexual violence. In 2017 and 2018, speaker and educator Farrah Khan talked to the first year class about ways to have conservations about pleasure and communication, consent and bystander intervention, what sexual violence looks like and how to provide support to those who have experienced it. In 2019, the speaker is Karen B. K. Chan

More than 2,500 students participate in student-led Bystander Intervention Training every year.

The university has also created a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator position, based on the working group's recommendations. Barb Lotan is the central point of contact for students, staff and faculty, and leads campus-wide education, response, support, training and advocacy activities. Barb can be contacted at 613 533 6330 or or B502 Mackintosh-Corry Hall (in the Human Rights Office).

Should you experience any emotional or psychological discomfort or distress, 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. 

Task Force 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 2019-2020

Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
Barbara Lotan, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator (Co-Chair)
Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning
Lavonne Hood, University Ombudsman
Kate Murray, Director, Residence Life
Kate Humphrys, Manager, Health Promotion, Student Wellness Services
Nadia Sewaya- Fehr, ROC, SWS
Kim Graham, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
Lea Keren, Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training Coordinator
Justine Aman, Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
Betsy Donald, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Meredith Chivers, Associate Professor and Director of Sexuality and Gender Laboratory, Department of Psychology 
Murray Skeggs, Case Management Coordinator, Campus Security
Sreya Roy, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
Will Greene, Vice-President University Affairs, The Alma Mater Society
Jeremy Ambraska, President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
Alexandra Da Silva, Rector
Lisa Doxtater, Cultural Counsellor, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
Bunisha Samuels, Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
Andie Rexdiemeri, Manager, Peer Support Centre, AMS
Penny Zhang, Equity & Diversity Commissioner, SGPS
Melissa Seal, University Counsel


Since its establishment in July 2013, the 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 violence 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 an 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;
  • Created a forum for faculty, staff, and students with mandates to educate on/respond to sexual violence to share, discuss and collaborate on interventions and initiatives;
  • Developed an interim sexual violence 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 violence, as well as a draft sexual misconduct policy (April 2015);
  • Contributed to the development and implementation of new first-responder and bystander intervention training (Fall 2015);
  • Supported new sexual violence prevention and education initiatives for Orientation Week that launched in 2015;
  • Provided input in the development of the university's sexual violence policy, approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2016;
  • Provided further input as the policy was updated to align with provincial legislation and regulations, and approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2016.
  • Transitioned to the Task Force required by the Ontario Government in its March 19, 2019 announcement.


Crisis Response Resources 

Other Resources

Queen's Sexual Violence Policy, May 2019