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Sexual Violence Resources and Supports

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 violence.

Sexual violence of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.   Algoma University works to ensure individuals feel safe and enable them to have the resources available to them, including the ability to make a report in good faith about sexual violence that they have experienced or witnessed.

Algoma University addresses sexual violence within both our Sexual Violence Policy and Sexual Violence Procedures

If you would like to report an incident of sexual violence, you can do so by:

  • For Students: Making a formal complaint to Student Success
  • For Employees: Making a formal complaint to Human Resources 
  • For Students/Employees: Anonymously Report a complaint by completing the Sexual Violence Report form.  

If you or anyone you know requires support following an act of sexual violence, please use the resources on this page to assist you with the supports and services you may need.

Sexual Violence Policy

Student Code of Conduct (non-academic)

Algoma U Contacts
  • Campus Security Brampton and Sault Ste. Marie: Internally dial Ext. 4444
  • Campus Security Timmins: 705-235-6842
  • Human Resources: 705-949-2301 Ext. 4373
  • Manager, Student Success and Wellbeing: 705-949-2301 Ext. 4212
  • Human Rights and Equity Office: 705-949-2301 Ext. 4112
COVID-19 and violence against women

The risks of violence that women and their children face during the current COVID-19 crisis cannot be ignored. Learn more about what the health sector/system can do.

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City of Sault Ste. Marie

  • Sexual Assault Care Centre/ Partner Assault Clinic: 705-759-5143
  • Women in Crisis: 705-759-1230
  • Sault and Area Hospital Crisis: 705-759-3398
  • City Police: 705-949-6300 or 9-1-1
  • Victim Services of Algoma: 705-945-6905
  • Campus Security: Internally dial Ext. 4444

 

Provincial 24/7

  • Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-205-7100 
  • Good to Talk: 1-866-925-5454

 

 

Brampton

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 24/7 line: 416-863-0511 / Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511
  • Chantel’s Place: 905-848-7580
  • Peel Regional Police: 905-453-3311 or 9-1-1
  • Mobile Crisis of Peel 24/7: 905-278-9036 
  • Victim Services of Peel:  24-hour Line: 905-568-8800
  • Campus Security: Internally dial Ext. 4444

 

 

 

 

Timmins

  • Timmins and Area Women in Crisis 705-268-8380
  • HER Place Women’s Shelter 705-264-7233 or Toll Free 1-855-827-7233 (24/7)
  • Centre Passerelle pour femmes 705-360-5657
  • Villa Renouvellement Women’s Shelter 705-264-1321 or Toll Free 1-877-748-8452 (24/7)
  • Timmins and District Victim Services 705-360-8700 or Toll Free 1-877-264-4208 (24/7)
  • Campus Security: 705-235-6842

 

 

Sexual Violence Report Form

Please use the following Google Form ONLY if you have experienced an incident of sexual violence and you wish to report it to Algoma University. If you are unsure if you want to report an incident, you may contact Human Resources at 705-949-2301 ext. 4373 and/or the Manager of Student Success and 705-949-2301 ext. 4212.

Report Incident
Gathering Student Input on Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a societal problem that negatively impacts many individuals across the province, including post-secondary students. In order to better understand the extent of this important issue on university campuses, in February 2018, all full-time Ontario university students were invited to participate in the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey, the largest confidential survey on sexual violence ever conducted in our province.

This survey is an important tool for universities, including Algoma University, to understand the extent of the problem and the experiences of students, including survivors of sexual violence.

The survey asked students to provide their perspectives and experience with:

  • Unwanted sexual attention
  • Consent for sexual activity
  • Reactions to sexual harassment or sexual assault against themselves or others
  • Availability of support services addressing sexual violence

By understanding the experiences of students, including survivors, universities can do more to prevent sexual violence and respond to the cases and issues raised in meaningful ways.

 

To find out more about the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey, please visit the Council of Ontario Universities website.  

Our Commitment

Algoma University recognizes the challenges faced by those who have experienced sexual violence and urges individuals to make use of the supports available under our policy.  All those who have experienced sexual violence have a right to:

  • be believed, and treated with compassion, dignity and respect;
  • be informed about on-campus and off-campus (community) services and resources;
  • decide whether to report the incident to Student Success, Human Resources, campus security, and/or the local police;
  • be provided with assistance in formulating a safety plan;
  • be provided with necessary appropriate accommodations including but not limited to:
    • unwanted contact with the perpetrator if the perpetrator is a member of the campus community;
    • appropriate academic and/or work accommodations.
  • a fair and unbiased on-campus investigation with the full cooperation of the institution, if applicable as outlined in the Scope of the Sexual Violence Policy;
  • choose amongst these supports, selecting all, some, or none of the above options.
Confidentiality

Ensuring confidentiality is a key principle in creating an environment and culture where survivors feel safe to disclose and seek support and accommodation.   The University is committed to ensuring such an environment and culture exists. The University will make every reasonable effort to balance confidentiality with its legal responsibility to provide a campus environment free from sexual violence. The University protects personal information and handles records in accordance with its policies, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Personal Health Information Protection Act, and the provisions of applicable employee collective agreements.    

Sexual Violence Taskforce

The Sexual Violence Taskforce is a University committee comprised of students and employees (Faculty, Staff, Administration) who together will make recommendations regarding the University’s Policy on Sexual Violence and coordinate efforts regarding resources to prevent university sexual violence.  The committee works collaboratively towards effective change at the individual, institutional and cultural levels, with the goal of creating a safer campus environment for the Algoma University community.

If you have witnessed an act of sexual violence:

Remember to be BRAVE*:

*Ryerson University

Begin by listening.

Don’t pry or press for additional details.

Respect Confidentiality.

Ensure they understand how and when you will share the information they have provided you.

Ask what support looks like to them.

Let go of assumptions. Reporting to the police is not every survivor’s vision of justice.

Validate them.

Remind them it is not their fault and they are believed.

Empathize.

Understand everyone has a different way of healing from violence.