Cambrian's Commitment to Survivors of Sexual AssaultAnyone who has experienced sexual violence has the right to:
be treated with dignity and respect
be informed about on and off-campus services and resources
decide whether or not to access available services and to choose those services he/she feel will be most beneficial
decide whether to report to campus security and/or local police
have an on-campus investigation with the institution's full cooperation
have a safety plan
have reasonable and necessary actions taken to prevent further unwanted contact with the alleged perpetrator(s)
Roles and Responsibilities of the College Community
While everyone on campus has a role to play in responding to incidents of sexual violence, some campus members will have specific responsibilities which might include:
- On-campus health supports to provide psychological and emotional support, assist with safety planning, provide and/or make referrals to other services including medical services;
- Faculty, staff and administrators to facilitate academic accommodations and other academic needs of those who have experienced sexual violence, e.g., extensions on assignments, continuing studies from home, and dropping courses;
- Residence staff to facilitate safe living arrangements to the best of their abilities.
- Human Resources to assist with any incidents relating to employees; and
- Security to assist with investigations and gathering evidence, to implement measures to reduce sexual violence on campus, and to collaborate with local police where appropriate.
More information about these resources is available under Find support.
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