Taskforce on Preventing & Responding to Sexual Violence
Humber College & the University of Guelph Humber’s Taskforce on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence will continue the work of the Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Working Group established in 2014. In March 2019, the provincial government set out a mandate for all post-secondary institutions to create a taskforce devoted to addressing and preventing sexual violence on campus. The taskforce must include diverse student representatives, alongside faculty and staff, and be required to report its findings to both their respective board of governors as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As such, the original working group from 2014 will evolve into the taskforce, as named above, to ensure government compliance and continue to grow existing policy, support, and awareness initiatives currently taking place on campus.
The taskforce is responsible for providing thoughtful, objective and strategic leadership to the implementation of sexual violence prevention, awareness and education initiatives, including policy development and supports. A successful taskforce will see increased awareness and engagement that will result in improved results in the Student Voices Survey (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 2018) over the next three years, and a culture of consent that is broadly understood and embraced by the campus community.