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Canadore College and Nipissing University statement on call to review Sexual Violence Policies

Sep 17, 2021

At Canadore College and Nipissing University, we believe all students and employees have a right to work and study in an environment free from any sexual violence or harassment.  Our policies already address the issues raised by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities; however, our institutions will complete the review as outlined by the ministry.

“Our Sexual Assault and Violence Policy and response protocol ensure those who have experienced sexual violence are believed and their rights are respected,” said George Burton, Canadore College President and CEO.  “Canadore has a process of investigation that protects the rights of individuals who have experienced sexual violence, and holds accountable those individuals who have committed an act of sexual violence.”

“We seek to eliminate all forms of sexual violence at Nipissing University and continuously look for ways to improve our survivor-centric policies, supports, and preventative programming offered to students,” said Dr. Kevin Wamsley, President and Vice-Chancellor, Nipissing University. “We will work directly with Canadore College to ensure we are doing everything we can to create a safe living and learning environment on our shared campus where our students feel supported in coming forward to report any instances of sexual violence.”

Canadore College and Nipissing University are committed to ensuring an individual’s sexual history or expression are not a part of any sexual violence or harassment investigation and that those who have experienced sexual violence continue to feel safe and supported in bringing forward complaints without fear of any disciplinary action.  If, during this review, our institutions find there are changes to be made, our policies will be updated to reflect them.

The Board of Governors for each institution reviews the current Sexual Violence policy on a regular basis.  Nipissing University’s Board last completed its review in September 2019; Canadore College’s Board in November of that same year.  Both institutions will complete their next review prior to the March 2022 deadline. 

Canadore College Media Contact:

Cindy Males
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
Canadore College


Nipissing University Media Contact: 

Meghan Venasse 
Manager, Communications 
Nipissing University 
705-474-3450 ext. 4615