Institute of Technical Trades Sexual Violence Policy

1. Sexual Violence Policy

(a)  Institute of Technical Trades is committed to providing its students with and educational environment free from sexual violence and treating its students who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.

(b) Institute of Technical Trades has adopted this Sexual Violence Policy, which defines sexual violence and outlines its training, reporting, investigative and disciplinary responses to complaints of sexual violence made by its students that have occurred on its campus, or at one of its events and involve its students.

(c) The person accused of engaging in sexual violence will be referred to as the “Respondent” and the person making the allegation as the “Complainant”.

2. Definition of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.

3. Training, Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence

(a) Institute of Technical Trades shall include a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy in every contract made between it and its students, and provide a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy to career college management (corporate directors, controlling shareholders, owners, partners and other persons who manage or direct the career college’s affairs, and their agents), instructors, staff, other employees and contractors and train them about the policy and its processes of reporting, investigating and responding to complaints of sexual violence involving its students. *Any company participating in offering student internships on their premises must provide an undertaking in writing that it is in compliance with all applicable legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will provide students access to those policies should they encounter issues relating to sexual violence in the workplace.

(b) The Sexual Violence Policy shall be published on its website (or where the Career College does not have a website in a conspicuous location on each of its campuses).

(c) Career college management, instructors, staff, other employees and contractors of Institute of Technical Trades will report incidents of or complaints of sexual violence to the Manager upon becoming aware of them.

(d) Students who have been affected by sexual violence or who need information about support services should contact the Manager.

(e) Subject to Section 4 below, to the extent it is possible, Institute of Technical Trades will attempt to keep all personal information of persons involved in the investigation confidential except in those circumstances where it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others on its campus or the broader community are at risk.  This will be done by:

(i) ensuring that all complaints/reports and information gathered as a result of the complaint/reports will be only available to those who need to know for purposes of investigation, implementing safety measures and other circumstances that arise from any given case: and

(ii) ensuring that the documentation is kept in a separate file from that of the Complainant/student or the Respondent.

(f) Institute of Technical Trades recognizes the right of the Complainant not to report an incident of or make a complaint about sexual violence or not request an investigation and not to participate in any investigation that may occur.

(g) Notwithstanding (f), in certain circumstances, Institute of Technical Trades may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the Complainant’s consent if it believes the safety of members of its campus or the broader community is at risk.

(h) In all cases, including (f) above, Institute of Technical Trades will appropriately accommodate the needs of its students who are affected by sexual violence.  Students seeking accommodation should contact the Manager. 

(i) If students, in good faith, report an incident of, or make a complaint about, sexual violence, they will not be subject to discipline or sanctions for violations of the career college's policies relating to drug or alcohol use at the time the alleged sexual violence occurred.

(j) Students who disclose their experience of sexual violence through reporting an incident of, making a complaint about, or accessing supports and services for sexual violence, will not be asked irrelevant questions during the investigation process by the career college's staff or investigators, including irrelevant questions relating to the student's sexual expression or past sexual history.

In this regard, Institute of Technical Trades will assist students who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care, and provide them with information about sexual violence supports and services available in the community as set out in Appendix 1 attached hereto. Students are not required to file a formal complaint in order to access supports and services.

4. Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence

(a) Under this Sexual Violence Policy, any student of Institute of Technical Trades may file a report of an incident or a complaint to the Manager in writing.  This other official, office or department that will be involved in the investigation is the Director.

(b) Upon receipt of a report of an incident or a complaints of alleged sexual violence being made the Manager will respond promptly and:

(i) determine whether an investigation should proceed and if the Complainant wishes to participate in an investigation:
(ii) determine who should conduct the investigation having regard to the seriousness of the allegation and the parties involved:
(iii) determine whether the incident should be referred immediately to the police;

In such cases or where civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence, Institute of Technical Trades may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures; and

(iv) determine what interim measures ought to be put in place pending the investigation process such as removal of the Respondent or seeking alternative methods of providing necessary course studies.

(c) Once an investigation is initiated, the following will occur:

(i) the Complainant and the Respondent will be advised that they may ask for another person to be present throughout the investigation;

(ii) interviewing the Complainant to ensure a complete understanding of the allegation and gathering additional information that may not have been included in the written complaint such as the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;

(iii) informing and interviewing the Respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the Respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations and to provide an witnesses the Respondent feels are essential to the investigation;

(iv) interviewing any person involved or who has, or may have, knowledge of the incident and any identifies witnesses;

(v) providing reasonable updates to the Complainant and the Respondent about the status of the investigation; and

(vi) following the investigation, Institute of Technical Trades will:

A. review all of the evidence collected during the investigation;
B. determine whether sexual violence occurred; and if so
C. determine what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken as set out in Section 5 below.

5.   Disciplinary measures

(a) If it is determined by Institute of Technical Trades that the Respondent did engage in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken.  This may include:

i. disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff; or

ii. expulsion of a student; and /or

iii. the placement of certain restrictions on the Respondent’s ability to access certain premises or facilities; and/or

iv. any other actions that may be appropriate in the circumstances.

6. Appeal

(a) Should the Complainant or the Respondent not agree with the decision resulting from the investigation, he or she may appeal the decision to the Director within 3 days by submitting a letter addressed to the Director, advising of the person’s intent to appeal the decision.

7. Making false statements

(a) It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint.

(b) Individuals who violate this Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.

8. Reprisal

(a) It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation process. (b) Individuals who violate the Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment of instructors or expulsion of a student.

9. Review

a) Institute of Technical Trades shall ensure that student input is considered in the development of its Sexual Violence Policy and every time it is reviewed or amended.
b) Institute of Technical Trades shall review its Sexual Violence Policy 3 years after it is first implemented and amend it where appropriate.  This date is January 1, 2024.

10. Collection of Student Data

(a) Institute of Technical Trades shall collect and be prepared to provide upon request by the Superintendent of Career Colleges such data and information as required according to Subsections 32.1 (8), (9), (10) and (11) of Schedule 5 of the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005 as amended.

Appendix 1

The following represents a list of Provincial Rap Crisis Centres available to assist and provide more detailed resources;

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres – Ontario

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

Alliston, Barrie, Collingwoood, Midland and Orillia
Huronia Transition Homes operates La Maison Rosewood Shelter (Midland) and Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre

24 hour Crisis Line: Barrie  705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799
Midland 705-526-4211
Office 705-526-3221
Website www.huroniatransitionhomes.ca

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Team of Hastings and Prince Counties
245 Dundas Street E, Room 36
613- 969-7400 ext. 2094

Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District 1-877-544-6424 (Office 613-967-6300) www.sacqd.com

Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services
Parry Sound District Office 1-877-851-6662 or 705-774-9083
Muskoka District Office 1-877-406-1268 or 705-646-2122

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Team
Brantford General Site
200 Terrace St.
5119-751-5544 ext. 4449

Sexual Assault Centre of Brantford Crisis: 519-751-3471
Office: 519-751-1164

Assault Response and Care Centre of Leeds and Grenville
Brockville General Hospital
70 Charles St., Suite 201
1-800-567-7415 or 613-345-3881

Nina’s Place
Joseph Brant Hospital
1230 North Shore Blvd.
905-632-3737 ext. 5708

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre 519-352-6400, ext. 6382
Chatham–Kent Health Alliance
80 Grand Ave. W.
519-352-6400, ext. 6382

Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
24 hr Crisis Line 519-354-8688
Office 519-354-8908

Assault and Sexual Abuse Program (ASAP)
Cornwall Community Hospital, Second Street Site
510 Second St. E.
613-932-3300, ext. 4202

Sexual Assault Support Services for Women Office 613-932-1755

Lethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter
Akwasasne Family Violence Program
24 hr Crisis Line 1-800-480-4208

Durham Region
Durham Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Line 905-668-9200
Office 905-444-9672

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program
Dryden Regional Health Centre
58 Goodall St.

Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfew County 24 hr Crisis Line 1-800-663-3060
Office 613-735-5551

Guelph–Wellington County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
Guelph General Hospital
115 Delhi St.
519-837-6440, ext. 2758

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis Crisis Line 519-836-5710
Office 519-8223-5806

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
Hamilton Health Sciences McMaster University 
Medical Centre
1200 Main St. W.
905-521-2100, ext. 73557

Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) Crisis Line 905-525-4162
Office 905-525-4573
TTY: 905-525-4592

Sexual Assault/Partner Abuse Program
Lake of The Woods District Hospital
21 Sylvan St. W.
807-468-9861, ext. 428

Kenora Sexual Assault Centre Crisis Line 1-800-565-6161 or 807-468-7233
Office 804-468-7958

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program
Kingston General Hospital
76 Stuart St.
613-549-6666, ext. 4880

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston Crisis Line 1-877-544-6424 or 613-544-6424
Office 613-545-0762

Kitchener Waterloo
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region Crisis Line 519-741-8633
Office 519-571-0121

Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
St. Joseph’s Health Care
268 Grosvenor St.
519-646-6100, ext. 64224

Sexual Assault Centre London Crisis Line 519-438-2272
Office 519-439-0844
TTY 519-439-0690

London Abused Women’s Centre Office 519-432-2204

Peel Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program
Sexual Assault Care and Counselling Centre
The Trillium Health Centre
100 The Queensway W.
905-848-7580, ext. 2142



Women’s Support Network of York Region Crisis 1-800-263-6734 or 905-895-6734
Office 905-895-3646


North Bay
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
North Bay General Hospital
750 Scollard St.
705-474-8600, ext. 2350

Amelia Rising Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing/ Crisis 705-476-3355
Centre D’aggressions Sexuelles de Nipissing Office 705-840-2403
TTY 705-840-5877

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton Crisis 1-877-268-8416 or
Office 905-825-3622

Dufferin County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program Headwaters 
Health Care Centre
Orangeville Campus
100 Rolling Hills Dr.
519-941-2702, ext. 2255

Family Transition Place Crisis 1-800-265-9178
Office 519-942-4122

Regional Sexual and Domestic Assault Program of Simcoe and Muskoka
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
170 Colborne St. W.

Sexual Assault Partner Abuse Care Program 613-761-4366
The Ottawa Hospital
Civic Campus 613-761-4140 (TTY)
Emergency Department 613-798-555, ext 16555
1053 Carling Ave

Ottawa Pediatric Sexual Assault
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario 613-737-7600, ext. 2939
401 Smyth Rd.

Sexual Assault Support Centre Crisis 613-234-2266
Phone 613-725-2160
TTY 613-725-1657

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre Crisis 613-562-2333
Office 613-562-2334

Owen Sound
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
The Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre
1800–8th St. E.
519-376-2121, ext. 2458

Peel Region
Hope 24/7  Crisis 1-800-810-0180
Formerly the Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Centre of Peel Office 905-792-0821

Peterborough & Kawarthas
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program
Women’s Health Care Centre
157 Charlotte St.

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre Crisis 1-866-298-7778 or 705-741-0260
Office/TTY 705-741-0260

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Crisis 1-800-461-7656
Office 705-743-3526  X 130



Renfrew Victoria Hospital Regional Assault 
Response Program
499 Raglan St. N.
613-432-4851, ext. 818
Richmond Hill
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Care Centre
York Central Hospital
10 Trench St.
905-832-1406, ext. 3


Sexual Assault/Domestic Assault Treatment Centre
Bluewater Health
220 Mitton St. N.

Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton Crisis 1-888-231-0536 or 519-337-3154

Sault Ste Marie
Sexual Assault Care Centre/Partner Assault Clinic
Sault Area Hospitals
915 Queen St. E.

Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. Crisis 1-877-759-1230 or 705-759-1230

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
The Scarborough Hospital
Grace Campus
3030 Birchmount Rd.



Halidman & Norfolk Women’s Service Crisis 1-800-265-8076
TTY 1-800-815-6419
Office 519-426-8048


Sioux Lookout
Sioux Lookout Assault Care and Treatment Program
Meno Ya Win Health Centre
60 1/2 Front Street 
Upper Level 
807-737-3030, ext. 2096 (admin.)

Smiths Falls
Lanark County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
60 Cornelia St.
613-283-2330, ext. 1258

St. Catharines


Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Centre
Niagara Health System
St. Catharines General Site
142 Queenston St.
905-684-7271, ext. 45300


Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre Crisis 905-682-4584
Office 905-682-7258 carsa@sexualassaultniagara.org http://sexualassaultniagara.org



Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Treatment Program
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
700 Paris St.


Thunder Bay
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program
Thunder Bay Regional HSC
980 Oliver Rd.

Thunder Bay Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis 1-866-311-5927
And Counselling Centre 807-345-0894



Timmins and Area Women in Crisis Crisis 1-877-268-8380 (sexual assault)
Crisis 1-855-827-7233 (shelter)
Office 705-268-8381


Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
Women’s College Hospital
76 Grenville St.
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program (SCAN)
The Hospital For Sick Children
555 University Ave.
6th floor

Oasis Centre des Femmes 416-591-6565

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Crisis 416-597-8808
Multicultural Women Against Rape Office 416-597-1171

Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
St. Mary’s General Hospital
400 Queen St.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence and Safekids Care Centre
Windsor Regional Hospital Grace Campus
1995 Lens Ave.

Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County Crisis 519-253-9667

Durham Region Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Care Centre
115 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa
905-721-6128, ext. 2787



Domestic Abuse Services Oxford Crisis 1-800-265-1938 or 519-539-4811


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