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Roles and Responsibilities

Common Responsibilities

Model positive behaviors and attitudes by:

  • Demonstrating respectful behaviors in personal relationships
  • Valuing diversity
  • Resolving conflicts in constructive and non-violent ways
  • Challenge the myths surrounding Sexual Violence and harassment (see Appendix B);
  • Be a bystander and speak up:
    • Come to the defense of a Survivor if you witness Sexual Violence or harassment, and offer support
    • Call a proper authority if you witness sexual assault
    • Tell a proper authority if you see anyone adding something suspicious to another person’s drink
    • Check in with your friends and any vulnerable individuals to see that they get home safely
    • Say “no” if anyone tries to share private texts or snapchats they’ve received
    • Speak out against negative attitudes and intervene when comments are made that promote Sexual Violence and discrimination
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  • Create an atmosphere where individuals feel comfortable disclosing and seeking help
  • Have open discussions with peers about the issue of Sexual Violence on campus
  • Respond in a sympathetic, non-judgmental and supportive way when an act of Sexual Violence is disclosed by a Survivor and/or by a person(s) accused
  • Be a supportive listener when Survivors wish to discuss their experiences
  • Respect Survivors’ privacy and how much information they choose to disclose
  • Promote confidentiality of the Survivor and the person(s) accused, and discourage rumors
  • Be aware of response protocol and how to contact resources/supports or make referrals to them
  • Willingly participate in investigations
  • Participate in training and public education initiatives on Sexual Violence issues

Unique Responsibilities

Principal, Dean, Associate Deans, Vice Principals & Directors
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  • Play a leadership role in raising prevention, awareness, and education about Sexual Violence
  • Endorse a formal Sexual Violence policy and its response protocol
  • Allocate resources for training campus members on the policy and response protocol
  • Make provisions and employment considerations/workplace accommodations for employees (staff and faculty) who are affected by Sexual Violence issues in their workplace
Vice Principal, Students & Director, Human Resources
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  • Responsible for convening an investigation committee
  • Responsible for conducting an investigation
  • Overseeing the effectiveness of the policy & protocol
  • Proposing changes to respond to and ensure effectiveness
  • Vice Principal, Students: oversight for the operation of the Code of Student Conduct
  • Director, Human Resources: oversight for the operation of the Workplace Violence Policy & Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Faculty Members
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  • Provide Survivors with appropriate academic considerations, such as extensions on assignments, re-weighting assignments or tests, or supporting a request to drop a class or continue studies from home
  • Make students aware of opportunities to attend campus initiatives relating to Sexual Violence
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Participate in ongoing campus prevention, education, and awareness initiatives about Sexual Violence issues
  • Information regarding disclosures and/or reports/complaints should be shared in-person with Academic Dean or Director, Human Resources, respecting privacy of the Survivor and person(s) accused
  • Follow the Workplace Violence Policy & Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Academic Support Staff
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  • Assist with academic accommodations, petitions (e.g., requests for waiving an academic regulation, degree requirement or academic deadline with a student who has experienced a hardship or disadvantage), dropping courses, adjusting course schedules where appropriate and other academic needs of the Survivor
  • Make students aware of opportunities to attend campus initiatives relating to Sexual Violence
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Participate in ongoing campus prevention, education, and awareness initiatives about Sexual Violence issues
  • Information regarding disclosures and/or reports/complaints should be shared in-person with Manager; or Vice Principal, Students; or Director, Human Resources, respecting privacy of the Survivor and person(s) accused
  • Follow the Workplace Violence Policy & Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Residence Life
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  • Organize a change in living arrangements, when necessary
  • Encourage students living in residence to organize and participate in Sexual Violence awareness activities
  • Be aware of any changes in behaviour by individual students
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Participate in ongoing campus prevention, education, and awareness initiatives about Sexual Violence issues
  • Information regarding disclosures and/or reports/complaints should be shared in-person with Manager; or Vice Principal, Students; or Director, Human Resources, respecting privacy of the Survivor and person(s) accused
  • Follow the Workplace Violence Policy & Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Campus Police
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  • Issue a campus safety alert when it is determined that the campus may be at risk
  • Offer the individual the opportunity to be interviewed by police of the same gender, if the individual chooses
  • Assists with investigations
  • Collaborates with London Police
  • Follow best practices in creating campuses that are physically safe; implements measures to reduce sexual violence on campus
  • Assess the physical safety of campus through regular safety audits
  • Engage the campus community in periodic reviews of safety procedures, where appropriate
Western's Sexual Violence Education & Prevention Coordinator
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  • Helps Survivor navigate their options
  • Source of referral to Campus Police or London Police for reporting; or referral to on-campus health and/or off-campus community supports
Western (On-Campus) Health Supports
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  • Psychological and emotional support
  • Assistance with safety planning
  • Referrals to other services, including medical services
  • Physicians, licensed medical professionals (e.g., nurses, counsellors, psychologists), who are practicing in that capacity, are a confidential resource. They will not report an incident of sexual violence without a Survivor’s permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency
Business Office
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  • Provides access to emergency financial assistance for students in need
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Participate in ongoing campus prevention, education, and awareness initiatives about Sexual Violence issues
  • Information regarding disclosures and/or reports/complaints should be shared in-person with Manager; or Vice Principal, Students; or Director, Human Resources, respecting privacy of Survivor and person(s) accused
  • Follow the Workplace Violence Policy & Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Priest Chaplain
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  • Provides social, emotional and spiritual support, available for all students, staff and faculty
  • Serves as a confidential resource who will not report an incident of sexual violence without a Survivor’s permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency
Staff
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  • Make students aware of opportunities to attend campus initiatives relating to sexual violence
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Participate in ongoing campus prevention, education, and awareness campus initiatives about sexual violence
  • Information regarding disclosures and/or reports/complaints should be shared in-person with Manager; or Vice Principal, Students; or Director, Human Resources, respecting privacy of Survivor and person(s) accused
  • Follow the Workplace Violence Policy & Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Student Associations & Student Groups
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  • Engage in educational initiatives to promote better understanding of sexual violence and the institution’s policies and protocols
  • Provide feedback on institutional policies, resources, and protocols
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Participate in ongoing campus prevention, education, and awareness initiatives about Sexual Violence issues
Students
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  • Participate in ongoing campus sexual violence prevention, education, and awareness initiatives
  • Participate in training on the policy and response protocol
  • Follow the Code of Student Conduct
  • Provide feedback on institutional policies, resources, and protocols