All members of Huron’s 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. Huron University College 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.
Sarah Read,Director Community Safety Officesread9@huron.uwo.ca519-438-7224 ext 854Location:Wellness Centre, Office #6
REPORT AN INCIDENTOF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Please use this form only if you have experienced an incident of sexual violence and you wish to report it to Huron. A report initiates a formal process under Huron’s Policy on Sexual Violence.
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If you have been impacted by sexual violence, it’s never your fault. We believe you.If you’re not sure what to do or where to turn, a good place to start is talking with Huron’s Director of Community Safety, or our Wellness team. Both offices are located in Huron’s Wellness Centre, and you can talk with our trained staff about what happened to you. We are here to listen and, when you’re ready, we can give you information about what your options are, how you can find more support, and what next steps you might consider taking. We support students who have experienced gender-based and sexual violence on or off campus, or before you came to Huron.There is no right way to feel.It is normal for your mood and energy to vary considerably. Try to keep your environment compassionate, supportive and low-pressure.It may take time.Your healing process may take longer than you expect. Everyone’s journey is different. Your story is your own to share, on your own terms. You can choose not to tell anyone, to tell only a few people, or to tell people in stages. It is up to you if, when, and how you want to share.You are not alone. Reach out.Don’t forget that you can have someone you trust with you before, during and after any meetings or appointments.
24/7 support line for individuals who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence: 519.642.3000 or 1.800.265.1576
Contact the Director, Community Safety at Huron University to confidentially discuss options available to survivors of sexual assault, co-create safety plans, and receive accommodations: 519.438.7224 ext 854; firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in the Wellness Centre, between Southwest Residence and Brough House Residence.
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Western University: 519.551.3568 (non-emergency) or email@example.com, Monday-Friday during business hours
Anyone at Huron can receive a disclosure of Gender-Based and Sexual Violence. In the event that a survivor discloses their experience(s) to you, please know that you are in a special position to act as a resource. Provide them with a compassionate level of support that refers them to information about options and resources.A supportive response involves:
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Huron partners with ANOVA to provide education around sexual violence. Anova states “Sexual violence is any form of sexualized behavior that occurs without consent. This includes sexual assault (unwanted sexual touching), as well as non-physical violence such as street harassment (ie. “cat-calling”), stalking, non-consensual sharing of sexual images (ie. “revenge porn”), and sexual harassment
Domestic violence is abuse, control, and/or violence that occurs in the context of a family or partnership. Abuse is any act used intentionally to harm, injure, control, coerce, threaten, intimidate or create fear for safety in another person. It can happen between intimate partners, between siblings, between parents and children, and/or between adult children and elderly parents.
Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome comments and/or actions directed at someone (or about someone) because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Jokes about someone’s appearance, participating in rumours about someone’s sexuality or perceived sexual skill, unwanted solicitations or sexual advances, demanding hugs or invading personal space, and derogatory language can all be forms of sexual harassment.”
Consent is the voluntary agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question. Consent:
Consenting to one kind or instance of sexual activity does not mean that consent is given to any other sexual activity or instance. No one consents to being sexually assaulted.
You are not to blame. Intoxication and drug use are not an invitation for sexual activity. Without your consent, and capacity to give consent, any sexual activity is sexual violence.
Huron’s sexual violence policy can be applied to sexual violence acts that occur online or using electronic media.
The policy applies to all members of the Huron community, including staff, students, faculty, volunteers, contractors, visitors/guests and members of the Executive Board. As long as the Respondent (perpetrator) is an active, registered/enrolled member of the Huron Community, the policy applies, regardless of whether the Complainant/Survivor is a member of the Huron Community.
Huron recognizes the close link that our community has with Western, and while our policies are closely aligned, Huron’s sexual violence policy is its own document created to meet the needs of our Huron community.
The full policy document PDF can be found here:
You can also find a link to it, as well as other information, on the Community Safety Page of Huron’s website:
You can also locate the policy, as well as other Huron policies here:
Huron recognizes the close link that our community has with Western, and while our policies are closely
A survivor is any person who has experienced sexual violence, including individuals who self-identify as a victim or victim/survivor.
A complainant is an individual who has been the target of violent behaviour and files a complaint of sexual violence with the University
A respondent/perpetrator is an individual who is alleged to have committed an act of sexual violence in a report made by a survivor.
A designated authority is the senior administrator at Huron who will receive the formal complaint. If the complaint is substantiated, he/she will decide which sanction or penalty will be imposed.
You can contact Sarah Read, Huron’s Director of Community Safety. Sarah will offer you support regardless of whether you experienced gender-based violence on or off campus. Sarah can offer a variety of services, based on what information you want and need, including accommodation requests, referrals to internal and external counselling, safety planning and reporting options. The decision of next steps will always be yours and you will never be pressured one way or the other.
Sarah’s office is in Huron’s Wellness Centre and you can reach her at the confidential email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519-438-7224 ext 854.
You can also contact one of our Wellness team members, counsellors Heidi or Sonja, to talk, seek counselling, advice, accommodations and referrals to external partners.
Heidi and Sonja are located in Huron’s Wellness Centre and you can connect with them by emailing email@example.com
We know that confidentiality is particularly important to those who have disclosed Gender-Based and Sexual Violence. All Huron staff and/or faculty will protect the confidentiality of all those involved, to the extent possible. There are requirements under law that may obligate a staff or service provider to disclose your information, so it is best to discuss the limitations of confidentiality prior to disclosure, if possible.
No, you are never obligated to share more information then you are comfortable providing, and Huron will provide you with support regardless of how you want to proceed. However, given that your safety and the safety of Huron’s community is of utmost importance to us, a service provider may ask you whether you would be willing to share that information, if it is felt that you or someone else is in jeopardy.
If there is any question regarding the event, speaking to a professional is a good idea. This could be by calling the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program, visiting a physician or counsellor, or talking with Huron’s Wellness team, Community Safety Office or Western’s Special Constable Service.
Having a conversation with a friend or relative that you are comfortable with may help as well. Follow your gut, and if you think it was sexual violence, consider speaking with a professional.
Emergency, as well as non-emergency, care related to sexual violence may be received at:Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program. Go to St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Urgent Care), 268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON (hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or call 519-646-6100 ext. 64224. After hours call 519 646-6100, press “0” and ask switchboard to page the nurse-on-call for sexual assault and domestic violence.
Non-emergency care is also available for students at Western’s Student Health Care (UCC 11) or with your own family doctor.
The morning-after pill, also known as Plan B, can be obtained in three ways:
If you are seen at the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, they will conduct this testing.
Also, Western’s Student Health Care or your family doctor can provide the full range of STI testing and counselling. After a discussion with a doctor, the tests that could be included are HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis and VDRL (syphilis). If there is any reason why HIV contraction is a concern, medications need to be started within 72 hours of the sexual assault. Some testing needs to be repeated several months after the assault, so future appointments for further testing should be booked as well.
Following a disclosure of gender-based/sexual violence, Huron will support you wherever possible. You are encouraged to contact Sarah Read, the Director of Community Safety at the confidential email firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-438-7224 x854 who will act as a liaison to support accommodations (academic, residence and/or employment).
Note that there may be limitations to the availability of accommodations based on the individual circumstances of each case. Sarah will provide information and details as to what is possible.
Absolutely not. A survivor is not required to report an incident of, or make a complaint about, sexual violence, in order to obtain the supports, services and accommodation available at Huron.
Western’s Special Constable Service (WSCS) is obligated to notify London Police Service (LPS) of sexual assault incidents. LPS investigates incidents of sexual assault unless the victim/survivor indicates that they do not want them involved.
LPS will coordinate with WSCS when conducting their investigations to help ensure the safety of the victim/survivor and witnesses.
In Ontario, police are required by law to investigate and potentially lay charges in cases of domestic violence. Prior to speaking with police you may wish to schedule a meeting with the Director of Community Safety to understand the differences in reporting sexual assault and domestic violence, or if you need help reporting – you decide if you want make a report to the police.
You can report an incident of gender-based or sexual violence to the police (though Western’s Special Constable Service or the London Police Service). You can seek assistance in reporting or get information about the process from Sarah Read, Huron’s Director of Community Safety. You can reach her at her confidential email email@example.com or by calling 519-438-7224 ext 854
You can also report an incident of gender-based or sexual violence to the University. Filing a report triggers a formal procedure which includes an investigation.
If you are filing an official complaint with the University, you need to provide information such as the date of the incident, names of the people involved, names of witnesses, etc. This information can be submitted in four ways:
Please note that it may impact Huron’s ability to conduct an investigation if you remain anonymous when filing a report.
Once you file of a formal complaint, Huron will appoint a qualified, professionally trained, internal or external investigator(s) to investigate the complaint.
A copy of the Formal Complaint will be provided to the Respondent. The Respondent will be allowed to respond to the complaint, in person with the investigator where a statement will be taken and a copy of that response will be provided to you.
A Complainant has the right to withdraw from the investigation process at any time, but Huron may still be obligated to continue the investigation even in the absence of the Complainant.
Huron will investigate all formal complaints.
All employees and students have a right to be free of retaliation or threat of retaliation as a result of being involved in a complaint of gender-based/sexual violence. Retaliation will be deemed to be harassment and dealt with in accordance with Huron’s Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Policy.
When you file a complaint with Huron, formal procedures are triggered, and confidentiality can no longer be maintained. Your personal information will be shared with the respondent to ensure procedural fairness.
Huron’s gender-based and sexual violence policy applies to any incident where the respondent is a student/staff/faculty member of Huron, regardless of whether the incident happened on or off campus.
The Director, Community Safety at Huron can assist you in providing information and options open to you if the perpetrator is not part of the Huron community.
Interim measures are steps put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of a survivor and other members of Huron’s community. Interim measures may be imposed immediately upon receipt of the complaint, or at any time during the investigation process.
Interim measures may include moving the respondent, issuing a temporary suspension, trespassing the respondent, etc. The specific Interim measures implemented will be dependent on the particular safety issues inherent in each complaint.
You have the right to withdraw from the investigation at any time, but Huron may still be obligated to continue the investigation even in the absence of your participation.
You can choose not to file a formal complaint. If an investigation does take place, you may choose not to participate, or withdraw your participation at any point.
Huron will appoint a qualified, professionally trained, internal or external investigator(s) to investigate the complaint.
The investigator will provide you with information pertaining to the status of the investigation. As well, the Wellness Team at Huron can be your support during the process and provide you with information.
As a matter of procedural fairness, the respondent receives a copy of the report so that they can know the nature of the report against them and provide a meaningful response. The respondent then provides a written response that is shared with the survivor.
If, after an investigation, the investigator(s) finds that on a balance of probabilities that gender-based or sexual violence occurred, the University designate: the VP, Finance and Administration (involving a staff or faculty member) or the AVP, Students (involving two students), will determine what corrective action is to be taken, if any.
Sanctions or actions available to the designated authority range from a formal letter of reprimand to expulsion from the university.
The investigator will provide a report to a University designate: the VP, Finance and Administration (involving a staff or faculty member) or the AVP, Students (involving two students). That individual will be responsible for making a decision, based on the balance of probabilities, whether sexual misconduct did or did not occur. Based on the outcome of that decision, the designate will determine the appropriate sanctions, as applicable.
The designate will provide a written summary of the outcome of the investigation and their decision to the survivor and alleged perpetrator. Because Provincial legislated privacy laws cover universities and employment, the extent of what may be communicated to those involved in any complaint will be balanced against the need to comply with the privacy rights of those involved.
At any point, you can talk to your Don, Head Don or either of Huron’s Residence Life Managers to report what has happened. They will come to you, listen, and can give you your options about seeking medical treatment at the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program and/or counselling at our Wellness Centre. They will also encourage you to speak with the Director of Community Safety to talk about all of your reporting options going forward.
If the perpetrator is deemed a safety risk to you or other residents, Interim measures may be put in place that could include a mandatory move to a different residence building, a termination of their residence contract, and/or a Notice of Trespass to Huron’s residences.
If the perpetrator is in one of your classes, Interim measures can be put in place in support of your safety on a temporary basis, pending the outcome of an investigation. Arrangements may include changing classes, working from home, extensions, etc. More formal and on-going actions may be undertaken after an investigation, including the perpetrator being permanently removed from the class.
You can contact the Director of Community Safety to discuss these options and the process.
Everyone at Huron has the right to work in a safe environment. Huron’s Gender-Based and Sexual Violence policy applies to staff and faculty as well as students.
You can speak with Sarah Read, Huron’s Director of Community Safety, who can create a detailed and personalized safety plan with you, and refer you to other resources both on and off campus.
First, make sure that you are both safe. You are in a special position to act as a resource. Provide them with a compassionate level of support that refers them to information about options and resources. Follow the link here to learn more about helping a friend.
In 2018, Huron began offering its own Wellness services, including counselling and chaplaincy services, to provide support and programming to Huron students, including those who have been subject to gender-based and sexual violence at any point in their lives.
In 2019, Huron created the Community Safety Office (CSO), which is independent of Western’s Special Constable Service, and only the 2nd of its kind in Canada. The CSO’s offers training, awareness and preventative programming related to safety issues, especially sexual and gender based violence.
In 2021, Huron revised its Gender-Based and Sexual Violence policy along with procedures for responding to incidents of sexual violence.
Huron has implemented numerous and ongoing measures to increase the physical safety of our campus.
Yes! Huron is one of the only Universities in Canada to have implemented a mandatory gender-based and sexual violence disclosure training for ALL staff, faculty and student leaders. We partner with ANOVA to bring other training to campus on issues like consent, bystander / upstander awareness and violence prevention. We offer various information, training, workshops, and sessions throughout the year. Go to the Community Safety page to see what’s coming.
What is Consent?
Consent means a clear, enthusiastic, ongoing and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activities. Consent is informed, freely given and actively communicated by words, body language or other forms of communication. It is always the responsibility of the person initiating sexual activity to ensure they have consent.
It is also important to know that someone who is incapacitated (ie. by alcohol or drugs, asleep or unconscious) is not able to consent. If you are unsure how drunk or high someone is- don’t initiate sexual activity – you risk causing harm.
Understanding Coercion and Boundaries
If your relationship involves sexual activity, it is important that you and your partner(s) understand consent. Sexual boundaries are about respecting your own limitations, as well as respecting the limits of your partner(s).
When someone says ‘no’ it is important to listen and not take further action. People may communicate ‘no’ in different ways, so part of respecting someone’s boundary starts with really listening to words and also body language.
Learning about others needs and boundaries as well as your own is super important for a positive sexual experience. Recognizing your level of comfort with a sexual activity and the ability to have a conversation with your partner(s) about their boundaries is key. Pressuring someone to do what you want is coercion and can cause harm.
Understanding Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
What is gender-based and sexual violence?
Any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity and/or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature. These acts may be committed or threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent. These acts include:
Women are affected by sexual violence
Men are affected by sexual violence
Aboriginal women are 3 times more likely to be affected by sexual violence than Non-Aboriginal womenGay, lesbian, bisexual, Trans, cisgender and other non-heterosexual people are 3 times more likely to be affected by sexual violence
Society’s understanding of sexual violence can be influenced by misconceptions and false beliefs, commonly referred to as ‘rape myths’. Separating myths from facts is critical to stopping sexual violence.Below are some of the commonly held myths, corrected with the corresponding facts.
Fact: Sexual assault can and does happen to anyone. People of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds are victims of sexual assault. Young women, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities are at greater risk of experiencing sexual assault.
Fact: Of sexual assaults where a charge was laid by police, the majority (87%) of survivors knew their assailant; most commonly as a casual acquaintance, a family member, or an intimate partner.
Fact: The majority of sexual assaults happen in private spaces like a residence or private home.
Fact: Just because a survivor doesn’t report the assault doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Canada wide, fewer than one in twenty survivors reported the crime to the police in 2014.
Fact: If someone is unconscious or incapable of consenting due to the use of alcohol or drugs, they cannot legally give consent. Without consent, it is sexual assault.
Fact: When someone is sexually assaulted, they may become paralyzed with fear and be unable to fight back. They may be fearful that if they struggle, the perpetrator will become more violent. If they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may be incapacitated or unable to resist.
Fact: Every survivor responds to the trauma of sexual assault differently. They may cry or be calm. They may be silent or very angry. A survivor’s behaviour is not an indicator of their experience. It is important not to judge a survivor by how they respond to the assault.
Fact: Lack of physical injury does not mean that a survivor wasn’t sexually assaulted. An offender may use threats, weapons, or other coercive actions that do not leave physical marks. The survivor may have been unconscious or been otherwise incapacitated.
Fact: Shock, fear, embarrassment and distress can all impair memory. Many survivors attempt to minimize or forget the details of the assault as a way of coping with trauma. Memory loss is common when alcohol and/or drugs are involved.
Fact: The number of false reports for sexual assault is very low, consistent with the number of false reports for other crimes in Canada. Sexual assault carries such a stigma that many survivors prefer not to report.
Fact: Any unwanted sexual contact is considered to be sexual violence. A survivor can be severely affected by all forms of sexual violence, including unwanted fondling, rubbing, kissing, or other sexual acts. Many forms of sexual violence involve no physical contact, such as stalking or distributing intimate visual recordings. All of these acts are serious and can be damaging.
Fact: Individuals with disabilities are at a high risk of experiencing sexual violence or assault. Those who live with activity limitations are over three times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than those who are able-bodied.
Fact: Sexual assault can occur in a married or other intimate partner relationship.
According to Statistics Canada’s 2004 General Social Survey (GSS):
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The Huron Experience is truly one-of-a-kind. While most universities take in thousands of students every year, Huron selectively limits our annual incoming cohort to around 500 students each year. Even though we keep our community strategically small, we ensure they are truly representative of our global community, and we welcome exceptional young leaders from dozens of countries all over the world to our campus each year. This means, the average number of students in your classes will be 33 rather than 300, 500 or 800 like most other undergraduate programs. Plus, our student to faculty ratio is only 11:1. For us, the quality of your experience will always be more important than merely increasingly the quantity of our students.
Most undergraduate learning environments in Canada involve sitting in a lecture hall with hundreds of students, watching slideshows and memorizing textbooks. Huron classes are different. Here, professors will mentor you, not lecture you. You will engage with the course materials through interaction and debate with your peers and learn in the real-world through capstone projects, high-level research unique on the undergraduate level, as well as through real-life learning experiences throughout Canada and around the world.
Why do we do this? Because it’s all about you. At Huron, you can expect a premium undergraduate experience. Our staff and faculty will know your name, not just your student number. We will know your story and are personally invested in making sure you achieve your goals and maximize your potential.
Huron’s alumni network includes world-renowned leaders, in every industry, who you can learn from, network with and emulate. Huron alumni live in 59 countries worldwide and Lead with Heart in business, government, technology, law, international affairs and more.
With a graduating class of 400 students rather than 4,000, it’s possible to connect each and every student with an alumni mentor who will be personally invested in your success and can directly connect you to career opportunities where they work. This can make the difference between starting out in an entry level position and attaining a distinguished career.
Plus, you’ll never have to search for mentorship or a job alone. You will have one-on-one guidance from your Career Development Team who works hard solely to provide our talented students with alumni mentors working in the field or organization of your dreams.
How do Huron’s distinct advantages develop exceptional alumni? Our campus, which has the resources to nurture individual gifts, creates an environment where you’re strongly encouraged to show up and speak out. Within our interactive classrooms, there’s no sitting back and passively taking in information. Instead, you learn presentation, debate and the kind of human and leadership skills that will be most in demand in a world of ever-increasing automation and artificial intelligence.
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Our university promises to deliver on an education that is as prestigious as it is principled, and part of that commitment involves our collaboration with the world’s highest calibre of institutions. When you choose Huron, you gain access to partnership opportunities at the world-renowned Harvard University.
Huron is the only Ontario university to supplement the development of your head and heart with a Harvard certificate
Harvard Business School Online (Harvard) provides students, in any Huron program, with a chance to gain the fundamentals of business thinking. The online Credential of Readiness (CORe) program will enable Huron students to contribute to business discussions and decision-making, whether you’re looking to advance your career, considering graduate school, or narrowing down the career path best suited to your potential.
This Ivy League badge of honour is the perfect supplement to a well-rounded Liberal Arts degree and will ensure future employers recognize your dedication to business best practices, as well as accountable leadership.
Huron – Ivey Dual Degree Programs
The Ivey Business School is Canada’s first and most prestigious business school. Complete your first two years at Huron and apply to Ivey’s Honours Business Administration (HBA) program. Students can also apply for Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) conditional, pre-admission status to the HBA program from secondary school
Because of our small classes, one-on-one faculty mentorship and opportunities to build leadership skills through internships, volunteering, community-based learning and travel study, Huron students can keep their grades high and build impressive extracurricular portfolios — all of which are vital to acceptance at
Paid Internships: At Huron, every single student is guaranteed a paid internship, so you will get to connect your learning with workplace experience and earn while you learn.
Entry-level work positions no longer require entry-level experience. To secure a job right after graduation, you need to show employers you’re capable of contributing significant value to your workplace.
At Huron’s Career Development Centre, you will work one-on-one with your advisor to find the right fit for your paid internship. Your personal Career Development team member will help connect you with a position that sparks your curiosity and nurtures your interests, while providing you with experiences to add to your resume. Huron has an extensive group of esteemed alumni who are leading industries, around the world, and are eager to give back by providing our students with internship and career opportunities. This, along with our strategically selective campus, means you’re not competing with hundreds of students for internship positions, so Huron students always have a better chance to secure a meaningful experience.
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Our Leaders with Heart learn better and do more because we ensure our resources are never spread thin across our student body. Our strategically sized university means not only will you establish meaningful relationships with your professors, but our administration and staff are also readily available to enrich your time here. We never overcrowd our programs because we believe in providing a transformative education, not churning out degrees.
From the moment you begin your application and throughout all four years, we will work with you to ensure you’re thriving. At Huron we don’t have long lines and wait times, individualized one-on-one support from our staff and advisors is available on-demand. With one professor per 11 students and the same number of wellness, professional development and international support staff members as many large universities, you can feel confident you will always have people, who genuinely care about you, in your corner.
Who are some of the people who contribute to Huron’s Culture of Care?
Our Admissions team, who will work side-by-side with you and your family as you begin to apply, to provide personalized program recommendations and assistance with every step of the application & scholarship process
Our President who gives out his personal cell phone number, is consistently a presence at student events and responds to your emails within 48 hours, 7 days a week.
World-renowned faculty who are celebrated academics, researchers and educators and are always available to meet with you individually outside of class time
Student Advisors who will always be available 1-on-1 to help you with any of your academic, wellness and professional development needs
At Huron you will never have to go through any red tape. You will always have direct access to the support you need – unlike at large institutions where you may need to wait weeks to address your needs.