The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (O-SVRSE) is McGill's main point of contact for community members seeking support, information, and accompaniment when reporting, whether at McGill or with the police. In addition, the O-SVRSE coordinates:
- emergency safety measures when a student's safety is at risk
- academic accommodations
- access to various university services
Our services are confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional, and available to students, faculty and staff of all genders who have been impacted by sexual violence. For more information, svoffice [at] mcgill.ca (contact us).
All incidents of sexual assault can be reported to the police, but incidents that take place on McGill property or during a McGill activity are also subject to the University's disciplinary process and other measures. The following describes how to file a formal complaint of a sexual assault at McGill.
Acts of sexual assault by a McGill student
Disciplinary processes resulting from allegations of sexual assault by a McGill students fall under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
- The svoffice [at] mcgill.ca (O-SVRSE)
- Students filing a complaint against another student living in residence can also access their Residence Life Manager (RLM)
Consult this flowchart for a breakdown of the process
To know about your rights, read articles 3-5 of McGill's Charter of Students' Rights.
Acts of sexual assault by an academic staff
Disciplinary processes resulting from allegations of sexual assault by an academic staff fall under Section 9 of the Regulations Relating to the Employment of Academic Staff.
To file a formal complaint, you will need to make an allegation of misconduct (section 9.4.2) to the Faculty Dean. For assistance with reporting, contact:
- The svoffice [at] mcgill.ca (O-SVRSE)
- The McGill Association of University Teachers
- For assistance with reporting, you can contact the svoffice [at] mcgill.ca (O-SVRSE) or the faculty member's Dean.
- To file independently, fill out the Statement of Conflict of Interest and Form A, and submit your forms to a Reporting Officer. A list of Reporting Officers can be found in the Appendix 1.9 of Form A.
*Please note that wherever it indicates "Staff Member Information", a student can fill in their respective information.
Acts of sexual assault by an employee
The following McGill resources also provide reporting support. Please note that the list below is not exhaustive and not assigned in any priority.
Disciplinary Officers are in charge of reviewing complaints and investigation. Their duties and responsibilities are defined by the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, which is overseen by the Dean of Students. Specialized Disciplinary Officers are trained to review reports of sexual violence.
SACOMSS (The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society)
SACOMSS has an A-Branch program that supports McGill students, staff and faculty in navigating McGill's Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law, advocating on their behalf to ensure their rights are respected and needs are addressed.
SACOMSS also offers support and advocacy when reporting an incident of sexual assault at McGill or with the police. They are a student-run service and do not offer legal advice; however, they can offer information, accompaniment and a safe space to explore options. Whether you have a complaint or just have questions, they are here to support you.
McGill Security Services
McGill Security Services are responsible for investigating all serious crimes on campus. They liaise with municipal, provincial and federal police forces conducting investigations that involve McGill University.
McGill Security Services can also facilitate a disclosure and connect you with the appropriate resources on campus to file a report through our policy.
For more information on reporting options and support, please contact alexandra.gregorian [at] mcgill.ca (Alexandra Gregorian), Supervisor, Investigations & Community Relations, Security Services, Campus Public Safety.
The Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson offers confidential, informal, independent and impartial dispute resolution services to all members of the student community by providing information, advice, intervention and referrals.
If you are unsure about which rules, policies or procedures apply to your situation, if you need someone to help clarify a situation or circumstance affecting you, or if you feel that a particular university policy or regulation has been applied unfairly or erroneously, you can contact this office for support.