At the Fall Business Meeting I presented a project to the membership that I have been working on for the last few months with Campus Living Centres (CLC). The goal of this project was to create a draft of a policy and procedure (and subsequent training materials) for CLC (and now all of OACUHO) which would outline some basic best practices for residence life staff when responding to reports of sexual assault. I have attached the current draft of this document to this e-mail. I encourage you to take a look at this document and send some feedback, suggestions and similar resources to me that could enhance the quality of this document. My hope is that with your help, we can write a new best practice for all OACUHO members that will guide them in their response to these situations. This document, therefore, would become a product of OACUHO and be a new resource for the membership.
I am very excited to say that this project was embraced by the OACUHO Board and many of the participants at the Fall Business Meeting. I am also very thankful that Laura Storey (Trent) and Lynn Burritt (Carlton) have volunteered to help me lead this project. Over the next couple weeks I hope to work with Laura and Lynn to define the process we will use to craft this new best practice guideline. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any suggestions or comments.
Below I have also provided some background information about the project.
Thanks for your support,
Director, Residence Life and the Student Experience
Additional information – The process so far:
Goals: To create a sexual assault response protocol/guidelines that…
- Will guide all CLC staff at all of our residences
- Will represent a best practice for all residences in Canada
- Will be endorsed by the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers (OACUHO) and its membership
- Will be supported by health care providers and sexual assault crisis centres
- Will be supported by law enforcement, legal consultants, insurers, etc.
- Will be the foundation of training programs for staff and educational programming for students
Development process and achievements to date…
- Meetings with community agencies - Women in Crisis centre in Guelph, SAVIS of Halton in Oakville, Nina’s Place in Burlington, and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) in Oakville. Feedback and advice collected from each meeting.
- Draft protocol created in partnership with OCRCC and all RLCs/RLMs within CLC; included some preliminary feedback from a couple partner institutions outside of CLC.
- OCRCC has committed to provide a letter of endorsement for this protocol
- CLC and OCRCC joint training session created and implemented to all CLC management staff.
- Training session created for Resident Advisors and presented at CLC’s August training conference.
- Idea presented to OACUHO membership at the Fall Business Meeting