It's never okay: Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
Statement from the President
Redwood Beauty College is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment to all of our students, faculty, staff, clients and visitors.
On March 8, 2016, the government passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016 (SVHAP Act). The legislation strengthens supports for survivors of sexual violence and helps make campuses, workplaces, homes, and communities safer. The SVHAP Act amended a number of pieces of existing legislation, including the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (PCC Act). The amendments to the PCC Act will require each private career college (PCC) to have a policy that specifically and solely addresses sexual violence involving students.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 415/06, made under the PCC Act, were filed on May 9, 2016. The amendments create specific requirements for PCC sexual violence policies and will help to ensure that students affected by sexual violence have access to the supports and services they need.
We value and respect all individuals and promote diversity at every opportunity. We have a zero tolerance approach toward any inappropriate conduct that may adversely affect the atmosphere of our college and its students, faculty, clients and industry partners.
This Sexual Violence and Harassment Manual outlines the college's protocols and it provides resources and procedures to all who may be directly or indirectly involved with people who are or have experienced harassment or sexual violence in their work place.
This sexual violence policy will be provided to every student at time of enrolment as well as to all faculty and staff. In addition, it will be posted on our corporate website as well as having a printed copy in the front reception area of the College.
We undertake to review this policy with our students and staff, every three years and amend it as appropriate.
Our college is a safe and professional learning environment and we diligently work to ensure that all people are aware, that we value human equality and welcome self-expression, individuality and promote an environment free of discrimination, abuse or violence.
Redwood Beauty College
Policy Effective Date: Immediately
Approved by: Management
Review Date: January 2, 2022
Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy
This policy applies to all members of the college including: All staff, faculty, students, contractors, suppliers, visitors, clients and volunteers.
Sexual violence means: any sexual act or 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, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
Harassment means: engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.
Workplace sexual harassment means: engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct or conduct against a worker in a workplace because of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, where the course of comment or conduct is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome or
Making a sexual solicitation or advance where the person making the solicitation or advance where the person making the solicitation or advance is in a position to confer, grant or deny a benefit or advancement to the worker and the person knows or ought reasonably to know that the solicitation or advance is unwelcome
Consent: is the active on going, informed and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent cannot be given by someone whose judgment is materially impaired, unconscious, or otherwise unable to understand and voluntarily give consent. Consent can never be obtained through threats, trickery, coercion, pressure or other forms of control or intimidation and may be withdrawn at any time. Consent may be compromised where individuals are in a position of power, trust or authority over the person whose consent is required. The consumption of alcohol or drugs does not provide any excuse from obtaining consent.
Consent cannot be given on behalf of another person.
Redwood Beauty College
We believe in a healthy, safe academic workplace environment for all students, personnel and visitors. We maintain a zero tolerance policy toward any sexual violence, harassment act, committed against any person. All staff members are well versed on this policy and are vigilant and responsive to the needs of those whose rights' may have been violated.
This document sets out our policy and response protocol to sexual violence and ensures that those who experience sexual violence are believed and their rights respected, that we have a process of investigation that protects the rights of individuals and holds those individual who have committed an act of sexual violence accountable.
We will take appropriate disciplinary action against any employee or student found to have initiated any form of sexual harassment. This disciplinary action could include suspension, dismissal, and notification to the appropriate authorities (Human Rights Commission or the police) and/or criminal charges.
All incidents of sexual violence and harassment will be investigated to the best of the management team's ability and within 24 hours of receipt of a verbal or written complaint.
We are also committed to addressing harmful attitudes and behaviors that reinforce that the individual who experienced sexual violence is somehow to blame for what occurred.
It is the responsibility of the Redwood Beauty College management team, or any person with this College who deals with students in an instructor or clinical supervisory capacity to take immediate and appropriate action to report or deal with incidents of sexual harassment whether brought to their attention or personally observed.
We are committed to assisting those who have experienced sexual violence and will provide assistance, compassion, emotional support and community outreach information; such as medical care, counselling, legal options and choices.
Confidentiality is particularly important to those who have disclosed sexual violence. The confidentiality of all persons involved in a report of sexual violence must be strictly observed, and the college does its best to respect the confidentiality of all persons including the complainant, respondent and witnesses. However, confidentiality cannot be assured in the following circumstances:
there are reasonable grounds to believe that others in the college or the wider community may be at risk or harm. In such circumstances, information would only be shared with necessary services to prevent harm.
Under no circumstances should a legitimate complaint be dismissed or downplayed or the complainant told to deal with it personally
Responsibility of Employees and Students
It is expected that you understand your rights and obligations under the Ontario Human Righ Code. http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/tag/discrimination-type/harassment
The Director is responsible for employment awareness of this Sexual Violence Policy through the delivery of educational sessions and materials distributed to all employees and students. Discussion of the Sexual Harassment Policy will be a part of ongoing orientation and training sessions.
Employees or students experiencing or aware of, any sexual harassment within the organization must report the situation, either directly or through a staff person. By following procedures outlined, within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, procedures described in the document will be initiated.
Under the law, the following scenarios are illegal:
Sexual remarks, jokes, touching or requests are harassment if they are not wanted or welcomed by the employee or student. Even if the employee or student does not complain, there can still be harassment. The scenarios described above are unacceptable in a business environment under any circumstances. It will not be condoned and must be stopped immediately.
What Should You Do?
If you believe you are being or have been sexually harassed as described in this policy, it is very important that you follow the steps outlined below. In the majority of cases, offenders feel their behavior is harmless and may not realize the negative effect it is having on you. In many situations, once you communicate your position to the offender, the harassment will stop.
Collection of Student Data
Redwood Beauty College shall collect and be prepared to provide upon request by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges such data and information as required according to Subsections 32.1 (8), (9), (10) and (11) of Schedule 5 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 as amended.
The following represents a list of Provincial Rape Crisis Centres that could be provided as resources:
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women. To locate the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre nearest you, follow this link.
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia, Huronia
Transition Homes operates La Maison Rosewood Shelter (Midland) & Athena's Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre
24-Hour Crisis Line:
Women's Support Network of York Region
Hope 24/7 (The Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel)
Torontro Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape
Provincial Rape Crisis Centres
Ontario, Provincial, English
Assaulted Women's Helpline
Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511
Telephone Toll Free: 1-877-366-2433
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
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If you have submitted personal information to us and wish to withdraw your consent to its retention, use or disclosure, please send us by email at email@example.com. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide some products or services to you.
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