Policy

 

WE ARE COMMITTED TO:

Believing and respecting members of the community who have experienced sexual misconduct and violence. We believe that you are the best judge of your own interests.

Holding individuals who have committed an act of sexual misconduct accountable by taking disciplinary action — up to and including expulsion or dismissal.

Establishing and following a formal procedure for responding to incidents of sexual misconduct.

Engaging in public education and prevention activities.

Ensuring referrals and services are available to survivors.

Ensuring procedural fairness and/or due process to all affected parties in cases of alleged sexual misconduct.

 

University of Windsor develops policy on sexual misconduct

The University of Windsor is committed to doing all it can to provide a safe environment within which to study, work, and pursue social and personal interests. Up until recently, the University has had policies and bylaws that articulate our objectives regarding a safe environment, and that have included in their scope all forms of academic and non-academic misconduct, workplace harassment and human rights violations. The University of Windsor has now adopted a stand-alone Policy on Sexual Misconduct. The University will review this policy at least once every three years and amend it as appropriate.

Feedback will be sought through:

  • Focus group with, at minimum, invitations to student leaders, including presidents of the Windsor University Students’ Alliance, the Graduate Students Society, the Organization of Part-time Students, the International Student Society, and the Windsor Inter-Residence Council, and with mentors from Student Peer Support, the Bystander Initiative, and Turtle Island.
  • A direct invitation to students to provide feedback, in confidence, to the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Officer.
  • An online survey, which will assess familiarity with the policy (to determine whether more promotion/education is needed) and invite any other feedback.

Our Sexual Misconduct Policy will be reviewed every three years. Feedback from the following sources will be used to inform the review:

  1. Invitations to participate in focus groups will be extended to—at minimum—student leaders, including the president of the International Student Society, the president of the Windsor Inter-Residence Council, mentors from Student Peer Support, and representatives from the Bystander Initiative, and Turtle Island.
  2. Students will be invited to provide feedback, in confidence, to the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Officer.
  3. An online survey will be used to assess familiarity with the policy (i.e., to determine whether more promotion/education is needed) and to invite feedback.

To Students, Faculty and Staff,

The University of Windsor is committed to doing all it can to provide a safe environment within which to study, work, and pursue social and personal interests. Up until recently, the University has had policies and bylaws that articulate our objectives regarding a safe environment, and that have included in their scope all forms of academic and non-academic misconduct, workplace harassment and human rights violations.

Nevertheless, we are all aware that within the spectrum of behaviours that are in violation of the University's and society's values, sexual assault stands out as one type of violation of personal safety and well-being that is under-reported, often insidiously disguised by alcohol or other agents, and exacerbated by deeply personal feelings within the hearts of those who have experienced sexual violence. For this reason, the University of Windsor has now adopted a stand-alone Policy on Sexual Misconduct.

This policy was developed through the dedicated efforts of the following individuals, and it has been extensively reviewed by expert legal counsel to the University of Windsor to ensure that what is in the Policy is consistent with Canadian law.

Committee to Develop Policy on Sexual Assault:

  • Clayton Smith (Faculty), Chair
  • Charlene Senn (Faculty)
  • Anne Forrest (Faculty)
  • Dusty Johnstone (Faculty)
  • Kaye Johnson (Director, Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility
  • Renee Wintermute (University Secretary)
  • Beverley Hamilton (Academic Initiatives Officer, Office of the Provost)
  • Karen Benzinger (Manager, Cooperative Education Services)
  • Danieli Arbex (Academic Integrity Officer)
  • Dhouha Triki (Student)
  • Michelle Krieger (Student)
  • Farah El-Hajj (Student)

I want to thank the Committee members for all of their work, and I thank students, staff and faculty who provided feedback.

Dr. Wildeman's signature

Alan Wildeman

President and Vice-Chancellor


Filing a Report Under the Sexual Misconduct Policy

If you wish to formally report an incident of sexual misconduct and have it investigated under the University of Windsor's Sexual Misconduct Policy, please consult the Reporting Options page.