Community involvement

The O-SVRSE participates in committees and initiatives related to the issue of sexual violence both here at McGill and in the larger Montréal community.

Ad Hoc Panel to Conduct a Campus Study of Sexual Violence

About

The Ad-hoc Panel was struck pursuant to section 22 of the Policy Against Sexual Violence to conduct an impartial and independent study of sexual violence in the McGill community. The Panel consists of students, staff, and faculty from McGill University, as well as an external advisor from Concordia.

The Ad Hoc Panel was charged with investigating the following questions:

  1. How do members of the McGill community perceive our campus climate, discourse and awareness in relation to sexual violence and safety?
  2. In what contexts has sexual violence occurred at McGill University?
  3. Where survivors have disclosed or reported incidents of sexual violence to a person holding authority at McGill, or have refrained from so doing, what factors underlay their decision?
  4. What are the experiences of individuals who have disclosed or reported incidents of sexual violence to a person holding authority at McGill?
  5. What is the University’s jurisdiction over incidents involving Members of the University community that occur off campus?
  6. How does the Policy against Sexual Violence harmonize with other University policies and procedures and where might a lack of harmonization require policy amendment?

For any comments, feedback or to receive more information, please contact alastair.hibberd [at] mcgill.ca (Alastair Hibberd).

Panel membership

To better engage with students in advocacy roles, Isabelle Oke, VP University Affairs from the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) and Tim Hadjis, a Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) Equity Commissioner, have been invited to observe and offer feedback at Panel meetings.

La table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal

Information coming soon.

The Committee for the Implementation of the Policy Against Sexual Violence

About

The Implementation Committee was struck pursuant to section 7 of the Policy against Sexual Violence in December 2017. For any comments, feedback or to receive more information, please contact Professor Dr. Lach at lucy.lach [at] mcgill.ca.

Mandate

The Committee's objectives are to:

  1. Strengthen and coordinate current processes and resources focused on sexual violence education and prevention.
  2. Strengthen and coordinate current processes and resources focused on support for survivors.
  3. Develop communication strategies around the Policy against Sexual Violence and related policies.
  4. Develop a confidential monitoring framework for recording the number of disclosures and reports of incidents of sexual violence, gathering feedback and recording outcomes and follow-up measures taken.
  5. Explore ways to achieve a goal of mandatory education for all members of the McGill community about sexual violence.
  6. Reviewing procedures in place for responding to reports of sexual violence, specifically, determining how best to ensure that disciplinary officers and assessors, who are assigned to sexual violence cases, have appropriate training.
  7. Assess whether appropriate resources, including staffing within the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education, are in place to provide education, support and response in relation to sexual violence.
  8. Engage and consult with members of its Advisory group in carrying out its mandate.

For any comments, feedback or to receive more information, please contact lucy.lach [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Lucy Lach).

Committee membership

Senate Subcommittee on Women

The O-SVRSE is an active member of the Senate Subcommittee on Women (SSCOW), which makes recommendations to the Joint Senate Board Committee on Equity (JSBCE) regarding the following topics:

  • Advocacy of Women’s Rights and Promotion of Women
  • Initiation and Consolidation of Women’s Activities
  • Liaison and Networking for Women

Sans oui, c’est non !

The O-SVRSE participates in the provincial campaign Sans oui, c’est non! This campaign raises awareness about the issues of consent and sexual violence prevention in post-secondary institutions across the province.