Eli Ridder | Investigative

The University of Guelph-Humber’s official policy regarding sexual violence is to report the incident through Humber College’s system while the Guelph student guide on the issue sends students to services over 100 k.m. away.

The sexual violence policy document for students published by the University of Guelph instructs survivors to submit a disclosure to the university or through official institutional bodies that have no presence on Guelph-Humber.

The first route, described as a “disclosure” by the Guelph Procedures for Sexual Violence policy, leads to supports for the claimed “survivor”, the term the document uses, but does not lead to action against the accused based on just the disclosure.

The second, more serious route is for a survivor to file a written complaint “through Student Housing, [Department of Human Rights] or Campus Community Police”, all bodies that exist only on the Guelph campus.

However, the students enrolled at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto are directed to follow the Humber College policies should they experience sexual violence, except in the case of a Guelph employee committing the crime.

The policy for Guelph-Humber students to head to Humber are tucked away in the “Scope” section of the Sexual Violence policy of Guelph, where it says incidents are “covered by the policies of Humber College”.

A quick Google search can easily bring up the webpage for Guelph-Humber’s sexual violence policy, which redirects to the Humber site where multiple services are offered, including the Student Intervention Coordinator and the student wellness department.

Humber College also lays out policy for sexual violence, where its stated that “a complaint of sexual assault and sexual violence can be filed under this Policy by any member of the College”, which does not make clear that Guelph-Humber students can follow the Humber route in reporting sexual violence.

It is unclear how an individual would be able to identify whether the employee is paid by the University of Guelph or Humber College, and there is no supporting policy that identifies a solution to the potential issue.

Many consider Humber College’s sexual violence policy to be clear and wholly encompassing, according to comments The Avro Post has received from students at Guelph-Humber.

However, the 50-year-old college is not completely clean from its share of sexual violence, with an anonymous post on a Facebook page called Humber Epic Hookup Fails in 2013 revealing a sexual assault reportedly carried out by a Humber student.

 


Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from The Avro Post. 

Editor’s Note: This story was done to bring light to the process of reporting a sexual violence incident. If in search of what to do, visit this webpage on Humber’s website. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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