Reporting sexual violence | Mount Allison

Disclosing and reporting at Mount Allison

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, there are formal and informal options available for you to disclose and/or report the incident.

If you choose to disclose and/or report, you will have access to a range of options and can choose to engage in any, all, or none of them. Guidance and support is available every step of the way.

What is a disclosure?

When an individual reveals or provides information that they or another person has experienced sexual violence.

A disclosure is not an official complaint. Students should feel comfortable disclosing in order to access support and resources without pressure to file a complaint. All disclosures are confidential.

What is reporting?

A formal account of an incident(s) of sexualized violence for the purpose of initiating Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures on campus in an official capacity.

Reporting is voluntary, and is not required to access support.

How to make a disclosure and/or report

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, harassment, or assault, make a disclosure and/or report by:

About the REES online sexual violence reporting tool

Mount Allison has partnered with REES (Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors) to provide secure, online reporting for sexual violence on campus. REES can be accessed online anywhere, anytime.

REES allows members of the Mount Allison campus community who have experienced sexual misconduct, harassment, or assault to 'Create a Record' of the incident and choose from multiple reporting options. The record is encrypted and securely stored in REES.

1. What can I report in REES?

  • REES can be used to report any unwanted sexualized behaviour (physical, verbal, or online) that happens within the campus community.

2. Where can I access REES?

3. What happens once I've created a record of the incident in REES?

  • Once you 'Create a Record', you can choose from multiple reporting options OR save your record and decide later. Reporting is not mandatory.
  • Only you can access your record until you choose if and when to share it. Your record is encrypted and securely stored in REES. Records stored in REES cannot be accessed by REES or Mount Allison.
  • REES also provides information about campus and community-based resources such as sexual assault centres, healthcare, and support services.

4. What are the reporting options in REES?

Anonymous Report

  • An 'Anonymous Report' allows an individual to share information about an incident of sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault without identifying themselves or identifying the person who has harmed them.
  • Anonymous reports will include only the multiple-choice questions and gender questions from your record. 'Anonymous Report' data will be provided by REES to Mount Allison to measure the incidence and identify patterns of sexual violence on campus, with the goal of improving policy, supports, or responses to sexual violence on campus.
  • Because an 'Anonymous Report' does not include any identifying information about the persons involved, it cannot initiate an investigation, and Mount Allison does not have the ability to follow up with you directly.

Connect to My Campus

  • 'Connect to My Campus' allows you to reach out to Mount Allison's student development counsellors. You can receive support, resources, and information, or discuss the formal complaint process.
  • There is no time limit to 'Connect to My Campus', but there may be a time limit for formal complaints and investigation of an incident.

Repeat Perpetrator Identification (RPI)

  • 'Repeat Perpetrator Identification (RPI)' is a feature of REES that helps to identify a person whose behaviour has harmed multiple people.
  • You provide identifying information about the person that is stored in a database. If more than one individual identifies the same person has harmed them, a match is made and Mount Allison is notified.
About our student development counsellors

Contact counsellor@mta.ca. E-mails to counsellor@mta.ca are only seen by the student development counsellors.

Student development counsellors:

  • Provide free, confidential one-on-one crisis or long-term counselling and support
  • Assist survivors in determining what steps they want to take, if any
  • Help the survivor to develop a personal safety plan
  • Make recommendations to the accessibility service advisor for academic accommodations if required
  • Make referrals to Sexual Violence New Brunswick for complainants who wish to access community supports such as Public Safety Victim Services, shelters, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), other medical assistance, or other counselling services
  • Consult with complainants on the amended procedures for sexual violence prevention and response
  • Explain the processes of the University and criminal justice system
  • Provide taxi transportation upon request to police, community supports such as Public Safety Victim Services, shelters, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/hospital, or other medical assistance

What to expect

Steps to disclosure

Disclosures can be made through our secure REES online sexual violence reporting tool or in-person with one of our student development counsellors.

When a disclosure of sexual violence is made, the safety, security, and well-being of the survivor are fundamental considerations. All disclosures are confidential.

1. Intake

If meeting with a student development counsellor:

  • A support person of your choosing can accompany you to your intake meeting, if desired.
     
  • You have the right to meet with the counsellor of your choice. Should you not deem any counsellor appropriate, a request can be made to the director, student life, who will work to find a suitable one.

All disclosures are confidential.

The counsellor will work collaboratively with the survivor to determine what supports they might need, including what is available to them within the University as well as in the community, (Sexual Violence NB, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, 24/7 support lines, etc.).

In addition, the counsellor may provide procedural information internal and external to the University (i.e. complaint within the University, RCMP).

2. Referrals and support

SUPPORT SERVICES

Support services are available both on- and off-campus. Disclosure and/or reporting is not required to access support.

Student development counsellors are able to support survivors in navigating these processes and community supports, if desired.

REFERRALS

The counsellor you are meeting with may refer to:

  • Wellness Centre professionals for counselling, immediate support and medical attention and/or follow up after SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
     
  • Accessibility service advisor to determine appropriate academic accommodations
     
  • Vice-President, International and Student Affairs regarding any housing accommodations such as bans, restrictions, relocations to ensure safety through interventions such as restrictions, supervision, and bans on campus
     
  • Direct supervisor in cases when a student employee is accused  

Use of community resources is recommended and a list of resources is provided.

You may also refer to:

  • Police: to pursue criminal charges under the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Human Rights Commission: in cases of human rights violations
  • Public Safety Services: for counselling, support, and advice related to reporting to police
  • Other community services: such as shelters, crisis lines, sexual assault centres

NOTE: Individuals may pursue avenues through community resources concurrently with University procedures. The process/investigation would be referred to community (should this be independent) resources and the University will take action in cases when off-campus behaviour has implications that will or may adversely impact a University community member on campus from a safety/security perspective.

External community resources will accompany students to hospital (SANE), police, and other services upon request.

3. Immediate measures

Students may consider immediate measures and resolutions such as education, community service, or communication strategies to protect the safety and security of the survivor and to discourage and prevent retaliation.

These measures may be discussed with a student development counsellor or advisor who will forward them on to the vice-president, international and student affairs.

Should the student feel that their informal resolution has not been satisfactory, they may bring the matter to the director, student life.

Steps to report to the University

Students can decide to turn a disclosure into a formal report at any time.

1. Formal written report

Upon written request, an investigation will be undertaken by an external third party with expertise in investigating sexual violence complaint reports.

Formal written requests may be submitted to a student development counsellor who will formally make a request to the vice-president, international and student affairs that a third-party investigator be notified and secured.

Student development counsellors can provide guidance with filing the formal complaint/intake with the University.  

2. Final report

A final report is prepared outlining a balance of probabilities based on preponderance of evidence.

The final report may include recommendations for the resolution of the complaint. The final report is to be submitted to the vice-president, international and student affairs.

Outcomes and rights

Rights and potential outcomes when reporting to the University.

Outcomes

Respondents to complaints of sexual violence may be subject to the following outcomes and/or consequences including, but not limited to, any one or more of:

  • Education
  • Community service
  • Written warning or letter of reprimand
  • Change of work or class assignment
  • Ban from being in same classroom as survivor
  • Direction of no contact with the survivor in extreme measures
  • A campus-wide or selected ban from campus-related activities
  • Mandatory education sessions
  • Restriction of student participation in non-academic programs
  • Restrictions/relocation and/or removal from residence
  • Suspension, probation, or expulsion

Corrective action

Following formal or informal investigation process, the vice-president, international and student affairs will determine corrective action.

Right to appeal

The decision may be appealed and at the time of writing these procedures and appeal committee is being struck with the guidance of the Canadian Centre for Legal Innovation in Sexual Assault Response (CCLISAR) report findings. 

Rights

Rights of complainants/those who have experienced sexual violence

People who have experienced sexual violence and who disclose or report an experience of sexualized violence have the following rights:

  • to have their confidentiality and privacy protected
  • to have any limits of confidentiality explained prior to disclosure, where possible
  • to be treated with dignity and respect
  • to be informed about on- and off-campus services and resources
  • to be informed about the procedures in place to address sexualized violence and reporting options
  • to decide whether or not to access available services
  • to make an informed decision regarding whether to report the incident to campus authorities and/or local police
  • to have an on-campus (internal) investigation with the University’s full co-operation
  • to not have their sexual history questioned in any way, including prior sexual activity with the Respondent
  • to have a safety plan in place
  • to have necessary actions taken to prevent unwanted contact with the Respondent
  • to receive a copy of the Investigation Report (redacted of irrelevant and/or personally identifying information and/or personal information of third parties)
  • to be informed of the outcome of the investigation, including any discipline or remedial measures imposed
  • to appeal the investigation decision and any disciplinary or remedial measures following the investigation

Rights of respondents/those who have committed sexualized violence

People who have committed or been accused of sexualized violence have the following rights:

  • to have their confidentiality protected
  • to have any limits of confidentiality explained prior to providing response to Complainant, where possible
  • to be treated with dignity and respect
  • to be informed about on- and off-campus services and resources
  • to be informed about the procedures in place to address sexualized violence
  • to decide whether or not to access available services
  • to participate fully in an on-campus (internal) investigation with the University’s full co-operation
  • to receive a copy of the Investigation Report (redacted of irrelevant personal information and/or personal information of third parties)
  • to be informed of the outcome of the investigation, including any discipline or remedial measures imposed
  • to appeal the investigation decision and any disciplinary or remedial measures following the investigation

Update on sexual violence disclosure and reporting procedures — In August 2021, the process for sexual violence prevention and response was updated for students while the University develops and implements a new Sexual Violence and Prevention Policy based on the recommendations of a third-party review and Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group.


Roles and responsibilities for University community

Members of the University community are encouraged to take the role of active bystander by:

Student development counsellors
  • Provide free, confidential one-on-one crisis or long-term counselling and support.
  • Assist survivors in determining what steps they want to take, if any.
  • Help the survivor to develop a personal safety plan.
  • Make recommendations to accessibility service advisor for academic accommodations if required.
  • Make referrals to Sexual Violence New Brunswick for complainants who wish to access community supports such as Public Safety Victim Services, shelters, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), other medical assistance, or other counselling services.
  • Consult with complainants on the amended procedures for sexual violence prevention and response.
  • Explain the processes of the University and criminal justice system.
  • Provide taxi transportation upon request to police, community supports such as Public Safety Victim Services, shelters, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/hospital, or other medical assistance.

Questions? Contact counsellor@mta.ca

Vice-president, international and student affairs
  • Facilitates support, advocacy, and education services to all members of the University community while we await the development and implementation of an updated Sexual Violence and Prevention Policy.
  • Works in partnership with the vice-president, finance and administration on the interpretation and application of the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy.
  • Provides access to third-party formal investigation processes when requested.
  • Makes decisions regarding violations and corrective measures, when deemed appropriate.
Student Life Office

Questions? Contact studentlife@mta.ca

Supervisors
  • Participate in education and training programs, where appropriate, especially those designed as “first responders”.
  • Refer survivors to student development counsellors or other resources.
  • Encourage students to participate in programs and education related to sexual violence prevention.
  • Individuals wishing to have training provided to their group may do so by contacting the vice-president, international and student affairs.
Facilities Management and Security
  • Work with the vice-president, international and student affairs to determine and implement immediate measures, including the enforcement of any sanctions including campus bans, bans, or restrictions as appropriate.
  • Refer students to student development counsellors and/or other resources.
  • Deliver notifications and subpoenas/summons to meetings, hearings, etc., related to a complaint.

Questions? Contact security@mta.ca

Faculty and academic departments
  • Work with students or their advocates, to the extent possible, as they attempt to seek academic accommodation after incidents of sexual violence.
  • Work with accessibility service advisor to ensure academic accommodations after incidents of sexual violence.
Director, accessibility and student wellness
  • Consults with respondents on the amended procedures for sexual violence prevention and response.
  • Informs respondents of the processes of the University and criminal justice system. 
  • Helps the respondents to develop a personal safety plan, if need be.
  • Makes referrals to counselling or other services.