Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy
The Policy applies to all career college adult learners of Montessori Teachers College.
The Policy applies to complaints of sexual violence that have occurred on Montessori Teachers College campus or at one of our events and involve our adult learners.
Purpose and Intent
All of Montessori Teachers College adult learners have a right to study and work in an environment free of sexual violence. This document sets out our policy on sexual violence, defines the prohibited behaviours, and outlines our investigative processes for sexual violence.
Montessori Teachers College is committed to providing our adult learners with an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating those individuals who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.
To that end Montessori Teachers College will provide a copy of the policy to our adult learners, and educate them together with our career college management, employees and contractors about this Policy and how to identify situations that involve, or could progress into sexual violence against our adult learners and how to reduce it.
Where a complaint has been made, under this Policy, of sexual violence Montessori Teachers College will take all reasonable steps to investigate it, including as follows:
Definition of Sexual Violence
This Policy prohibits sexual violence which means any sexual act of act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault.
Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence
Adult learners, faculty and staff of Montessori Teachers College will take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual violence involving our adult learners on our career college campus or events by reporting immediately to the Montessori Teachers College Board of Directors if our adult learners have been subject to, or they have witnessed or have knowledge of sexual violence involving our adult learners, or have reason to believe that sexual violence has occurred or may occur which involves our adult learners.
Subject to paragraph 7 below, to the extent it is possible, Montessori Teachers College Board of Directors will attempt to keep all information disclosed confidential except in those circumstances it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others on our campus or the broader community are at risk.
Montessori Teachers College recognizes the right of the complainant to determine how her or his complaint will be dealt with. However, in certain circumstances, Montessori Teachers College may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent, if it believes the safety of members or its campus or the broader community is at risk.
A complainant seeking accommodation should contact the Montessori Teachers College Board of Directors.
Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence
A complaint of sexual violence may be filed under this Policy, by any adult learner of our career college, to the Board of Directors, in writing.
Upon a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made the Board of Directors will initiate an investigation, including as follows:
If an adult learner, in good faith, reports an incident of, or makes a complaint about, sexual violence, they will not be subject to discipline or sanctions for violations of the private career college’s policies relation to drug or alcohol use at the time the alleged sexual violence occurred.
Adult learners who disclose their experience of sexual violence through reporting an incident of, making a complaint about, or accessing supports and services for sexual violence, will not be asked irrelevant questions during the investigation process by the private career college’s staff or investigators, including irrelevant questions relating to the student’s sexual expression or past sexual history.
If it is determined by Montessori Teachers College that an adult learner of our career college has been involved in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of an adult learner.
In cases where criminal proceedings are initiated, Montessori Teachers College will assist police agencies, lawyers, insurance companies, and courts to the fullest extent.
Where criminal and/or civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment, Montessori Teachers College may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures.
Making False Statements
It is a violation of this Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint. Individuals who violate this Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of an adult learner.
It is a violation of this Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation process.
This policy will be reviewed 3 years after it is first implemented.
SUPPORT AND SERVICES
Adult learners are not required to report an incident of, or make a complaint about, sexual violence in order to obtain the supports and services.
Healthcare Options, Crisis Support & Counseling Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres https://www.sadvtreatmentcentres.ca/
Hospital: Markham Stouffville Hospital – 381 Church St, Markham, ON L3P 7P3 – (905) 472-7373 *call 911 for emergencies
After-Hours Walk-In Clinic: Markham Stouffville Urgent Care Centre – 110 Copper Creek Dr #100, Markham, ON L6B 0P9 – (905) 472-8911
Mental Health: Newmarket Therapy Centre – 436 Queen Street, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 2H2 – (289) 500-8039
See below for a list of provincial services for victims/survivors.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 www.kidshelpphone.ca
Assaulted Women’s Help Line 1-866-863-0511 / TTY 1-866-863-7868 www.awhl.org
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) www.onwa-tbay.ca
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca
Victim Support Line (Ontario Victim Services) 1-888-579-2888
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Provicinial Crisis and Support Line (Ontario Victim Services) 1-866-887-0015
The following resources provide additional information and education on the topics of sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse.
DAWN – DisAbled Women’s Network http://www.dawncanada.net/
METRAC – Action on Violence http://www.metrac.org/
Ontario Women’s Justice Network http://owjn.org/owjn_2009/home
Toronto Police Services – Project Guide: A Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors http://yourchoice.to/