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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 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 co-chaired by the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs and the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion) and works collaboratively to effect change at the individual, institutional and cultural levels, to contribute to a safer campus environment for Queen’s students.   

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 2020-2021
Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs (Co-Chair)
Stephanie Simpson, AVP Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (Co-Chair)
Barbara Lotan, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator
Taylor Mackenzie Macpherson, Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Community Outreach and Student Support Worker 
Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning
Lindsay Winger, Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement
Lavonne Hood, University Ombudsperson
Melissa Seal, Legal Counsel
Kate Murray, Director, Residence Life
Rina Gupta, Director, Counselling Services, Student Wellness Services
Kate Humphrys, Manager, Health Promotion, Student Wellness Services
Beth Blackett, Special Projects, Health Promotion, Student Wellness Services
Nadia Sawaya Fehr, Residence Outreach Counsellor, SWS
Kim Graham, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
Jayme Blondin, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
Alex da Silva, Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training Coordinator
Brea Hutchinson, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
Andrew Vukovic, Assistant Director, Sexual Health Resource Centre
Christopher Deluca, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Meredith Chivers, Associate Professor & Director of Sexuality & Gender Laboratory, Department of Psychology 
Murray Skeggs, Manager, Security Risk and Training, Campus Security & Emergency Services
Sreya Roy, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
Alexia Henriques, Vice-President University Affairs, Alma Mater Society
Justine Aman, President, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
Sam Hiemstra, Rector
Lisa Doxtater, Cultural Counsellor, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
Angela Sahi, Social Issues Commissioner, Alma Mater Society
Peter Mendolia, Manager, Peer Support Centre, Alma Mater Society
Anthony Lomax, VP Community, SGPS
Miriam John, Peer Support Centre X CARED Project Coordinator
Jacob Desrochers, PhD Student, Faculty of Education
Michelle Soroka, Sexual Violence Counsellor, Student Wellness Services
Queen’s Sexual Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Timeline
  • 2013 – The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group was established to advance a strategic approach to sexual assault prevention and response at Queen’s.
  • 2014 – The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group developed an inventory of existing campus policies, protocol, programs, and resources related to sexual assault.
  • 2014 – An interim Sexual Violence Support and Response Protocol was developed by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group.
  • 2015 – The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group released a report and recommendations in spring 2015 to enhance Queen’s commitment to sexual assault prevention and response. The group developed a report in 2014-15, which, along with new legislation and government directives, helped to inform the university’s sexual violence work.
  • 2015 – The Implementation Team on Prevention and Response to Sexual Assault was established to help oversee progress on sexual violence initiatives at Queen’s. See news release for additional information.
  • 2015 – The Bystander Intervention Training program was created to give students and Queen’s employees the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence. More than 2,500 students participate in the student-led Bystander Intervention Training every year.
  • 2015 – Starting in Fall 2015, new sexual violence prevention and education initiatives and resources were put in place, including:
    • First-responder and bystander training was developed for students and staff. All orientation leaders and student volunteers, dons and residence student leaders, counsellors, and other first responders, including security staff, complete the training.
    • A talk on sexual violence and consent is delivered to all first-year undergraduate students during orientation. The sessions often include how-to skills on asking for consent, being a proactive bystander, and how to support survivors of sexual violence.
  • 2015 – New education and support resources were created and distributed across campus to help enhance awareness of sexual violence. The posters on consent and support resources can be viewed here.
  • 2015 – The university created the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator position. The coordinator’s mandate includes providing information to students regarding policy, options, services, and supports; coordinating training and education on campus; and engaging with community partners to help students access external services. See news release for additional information.
  • 2016The Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, Bill 132, passed into law in spring 2016. The Bill requires each college or university to have a policy on sexual violence.
  • 2016 – A new Sexual Violence Policy was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2016. The policy was subsequently updated and renamed the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students in December 2016 to align with the provincial regulations.
  • 2016 – Processes and resources regarding sexual violence complaints, investigations, and adjudication proceedings were put in place to align with the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students.
  • 2016 – A Sexual Violence Counsellor position was created in Student Wellness Services, a unit within Student Affairs.
  • 2017The Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstances Policy was approved by Senate in April 2017. The scope of the policy includes academic considerations for students who have experienced sexual violence.
  • 2017 – The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response website launched in 2017 to provide a centralized hub of on campus and community sexual violence resources, training and education opportunities, and support services.
  • 2017 – The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework was developed to outline the university’s approach to sexual violence education, prevention, and response. The framework helps to increase collaboration and coordination among staff, student-affiliated groups and other community partners who plan and organize prevention and awareness activities. The framework is updated annually and provides a comprehensive list of the university’s and Queen’s student governments’ sexual violence education and awareness programming. The framework is housed on the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force webpage.
  • 2018 – The provincial government conducted the Student Voice on Sexual Violence Survey. (Feb. 2018 Gazette Story)
  • 2019Student Voice on Sexual Violence Summary Report was released in spring 2019.
  • 2019 – The university’s first Annual Sexual Violence Report (September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018) was presented to the Board of Trustees in March 2019. The report is required under the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act (MTCU Act), Section 17 (7.1). (March 2019 Gazette Story)
  • 2019 – A review of the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students was conducted in 2018-19, and the revised policy was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2019. In response to additional feedback on the Policy changes, further consultations were conducted in fall 2019.
  • 2019 – In response to the summary results of the Ontario post-secondary 2018 Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities directed all publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario to have a task force in place devoted to tackling sexual violence on campus. The task force is required to submit annual reports to both their respective Board of Governors and to the Ministry. The Queen’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group became the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force in spring 2019.
  • 2019 – Student Affairs created the new position of Director of the Office of Student Conduct to process the more complex cases of conduct on campus, including cases of sexual violence under the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students.
  • 2019 – The Sexual Violence Annual Report (September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019) was presented to the Board of Trustees in September 2019. (Gazette story, Sept, 2019)
  • 2019 – Student Affairs created a new “soft space” room for survivors of sexual violence and other traumas. The new room, which will open in December 2019, has been remodeled to be a welcoming and confidential space with carpeting, soft lighting, art and comfortable chairs to make it easier for victims of sexual violence and other trauma survivors to participate in the response process. The new soft space is part of the university’s ongoing effort to take a trauma informed approach to care.
  • 2019 – The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force was asked to review community feedback on section 8.8 of the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students in late December 2019. The task force will provide options to the Senior Leadership Team.

 

Resources 

Queen's Sexual Violence Policy, May 2019

Developing a Response to Sexual Violence: A Resource Guide for Ontario’s Colleges and Universities,
Ontario Women's Directorate, Government of Ontario