What to do if you are a victim of sexual misconduct?

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct consists of a range of behaviours that vary in severity. The term includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, the threat of sexual assault, criminal harassment (including stalking and cyber harassment), and relationship violence.

Our Message

Algoma University works diligently to provide an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and violence, of any nature. Our commitment to providing our students, staff, and faculty a safe and supportive space in which to study and work is extremely important to us, and is supported by our University policies and procedures.

Our commitment to victims of sexual misconduct

Algoma University takes sexual misconduct very seriously. All members of the Algoma University community have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from any form of sexual misconduct. All members of the Algoma University community have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from any form of sexual misconduct. We have professional staff who work to provide education and awareness related to the prevention of sexual misconduct, and we offer a wide range of supports for victims. We address sexual misconduct within our Sexual Misconduct Policy and Protocol.

We have created this page so that our students, staff and faculty are aware of the range of resources and services available to them relating to sexual misconduct. If you or anyone you know requires support following an act of sexual assault or sexual violence, please use the resources below to assist you with the supports and services you may need.

Our Commitment

Algoma University recognizes the challenges faced by those who have experienced sexual misconduct, but urges individuals to make use of the supports available under this policy.  All those who have experienced sexual misconduct have a right to:

  1. Be believed, and treated with compassion, dignity and respect;
  2. Be informed about on-campus and off-campus (community) services and resources;
  3. Decide whether to report the incident to the Campus Response Team, campus security, and/or the local police;
  4. A  fair  and  unbiased  on-campus  investigation  with  the  full cooperation of the institution;
  5. Be provided with assistance in formulating a safety plan;
  6. Be  provided  with  necessary  appropriate  accommodations  to prevent further unwanted contact with the alleged perpetrator if the perpetrator is a member of the campus community; and
  7. Choose amongst these supports, selecting all, some or none of the above options.

Confidentiality

When sexual misconduct is disclosed, the confidentiality of all parties must be protected.

Individuals who experience sexual misconduct should be aware that filing an incident report with campus security or university staff is confidential and does not necessarily lead to a criminal investigation.

Sexual Misconduct Resources