Red River College is currently developing a Sexual Violence Policy to ensure a working, learning and living environment that is free from sexual violence. According to the Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Act (Bill 15), post-secondary institutions have two main roles related to sexual violence on college and university campuses:
- A proactive role focused on raising awareness and educating the campus community on sexual violence; and
- A responsibility to respond, whereby institutions are to have appropriate policies and procedures to respond in the event that a student comes forward to disclose sexual violence.
To develop this policy, a working group with representatives from different College areas, as well as the Students’ Association has been meeting since early 2017. Representatives of the College also participate in a working group consisting of 12 post-secondary institutions sharing information and resources. If you are interested on more information about the scope and requirements for this policy, you can read the Manitoba Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Policy Guide.
As part of this process, consultations with RRC students and employees is extremely important to ensure that the policy is culturally sensitive and reflect the perspectives of the populations most vulnerable to sexual violence.
Please complete this online survey to have a voice on this complex matter and help RRC develop a policy that supports our ongoing efforts toward sexual violence awareness and prevention. The survey will be available until April 6.
In addition to this online survey, RRC students and employees will also have an opportunity to participate in several discussion groups to provide feedback about the development of this policy. Date and times for the discussion groups will be announced soon!
If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, feel free to contact:
Executive Director, Community and Student Support