Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.
“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that there is zero tolerance for violence at Selkirk College. There is so much that goes into creating a safe and healthy learning environment and this policy supports our continual aspiration to be a violence-free college.”
Graeme recently signed off on the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy that takes a three-pronged approach – the policy itself, setting in place protocols and procedures as well as generating awareness through prevention strategies, training and specific initiatives. The policy is woven into Selkirk College’s Student Code of Conduct, Standards of Employee Conduct as well as other College policies that set standards and give direction how members of the College community will interact with each other.
The new policy was recently vetted by the Selkirk College Policy Review Committee after nearly eight months of research and extensive consultation with students, employees including the Human Resources and Healthy Campus departments, as well as community stakeholders. The resulting policy is inclusive and comprehensive.
“We would like to thank all of those who offered their thoughtful and impassioned input into this policy’s development,” says Cathy Mercer, Vice President Students and Advancement. “Our ability to end sexual violence in our community depends on collaboration and commitment. Through this process, we’ve learned that the will for this change is there.”
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