Sexual Violence and Harassment
Sexual Violence & Harassment Policy (updated January 2022)
- Policy Application
The International Academy of Applied Health community (IAAH) includes the International Academy of Massage, the International Academy of Natural Health Practitioners, and the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Policy applies to all members of the International Academy of Applied Health community as defined, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, contract service providers, contractors, officers, directors and individuals who are directly connected to any of the International Academy of Applied Health’s initiatives, operations, volunteers and visitors.
- The Scope
The Policy applies to complaints of sexual violence that have occurred at the International Academy of Applied Health’s facility or at an IAAH event or offsite activity and involve members of the IAAH community as defined in paragraph one, the Policy Application.
3. Purpose and Intent
All members of the IAAH community have a right to study and work in an environment free of sexual violence.
This document sets out IAAHs policy on sexual violence, defines the prohibited behaviours, and outlines the investigative processes for sexual violence.
- Policy Objectives
International Academy Health Education is committed to providing members of its community an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating those individuals who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.
To that end International Academy Health Education will educate faculty, staff and students about this Policy and how to identify situations that involve, or could progress into sexual violence and how to reduce these forms of prohibited behaviours.
Where a complaint has been made of sexual violence, under this Policy the International Academy of Applied Health will take all reasonable steps to investigate it, including as follows:
- responding promptly to any complaint and providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation;
- assisting those who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care;
- providing those who have experienced sexual violence with appropriate academic and other accommodation;
- providing those who have experienced sexual violence with information about reporting options; and
- providing on-campus investigation procedures for sexual violence complaints.
- Definition of Sexual Violence
This Policy prohibits sexual violence which means any sexual act or acts targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
All members of the International Academy Health Education community will take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual violence at the IAAH facility or at IAAH events and report immediately to the Dean or to the respective IAAH Program Director if they are subject to, witness or have knowledge of sexual violence, or have reason to believe that sexual violence has occurred or may occur.
Subject to section 7 below, to the extent it is possible, the Dean and respective IAAH Program Director will attempt to keep all information disclosed confidential except in those circumstances it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others in the International Academy of Applied Health community are at risk.
IAAH recognizes the right of the complainant to determine whether her or his complaint will be dealt with by the police and/or internally by IAAH. However, in certain circumstances, the International Academy of Applied Health may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent, if it believes the safety of members of its community is at risk.
A formal report of an incident of sexual violence is not necessary to access supports, services or accommodations.
- Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence
A complaint of sexual violence may be filed under this Policy, by any member of the International Academy Health Education community, to the Dean of International Academy of Applied Health Inc. or Program Director, International Academy of Massage or Program Director, International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in writing.
The complaint should be addressed to:
Dean or Program Director (IAM or TCM)
International Academy of Applied Health International Academy of Applied Health
Gatineau Room Gatineau Room
1876 Robertson Rd (Bells Corners) 1876 Robertson Rd (Bells Corners)
Ottawa ON K2H 5B8 Ottawa ON K2H 5B8
Upon a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made, the Dean or respective International Academy of Applied Health Program Director will initiate an investigation, including as follows:
- determining whether the incident should be referred immediately to police;
- meeting with the complainant to determine the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;
- interviewing the complainant, any person involved in the incident and any identified witnesses;
- interviewing any other person who may have knowledge of incidents related to the complaint or any other similar incidents;
- informing the respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations;
- providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation; and
- determining what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken.
A complainant acting in good faith, who discloses or reports sexual violence, will not be subject to actions for violations of the Academy’s policies related to drug and alcohol use at the time the alleged sexual violence took place.
During the Academy’s investigative process, students who share their experience of sexual violence through disclosing, accessing support, and/or reporting to the institution, will not be asked irrelevant questions by the Academy’s staff or investigators. Examples of such irrelevant questions would include those relating to past sexual history or sexual expression.
- Disciplinary Measures
If it is determined by the International Academy of Applied Health that a member of its community has been involved in sexual violence, or has been criminally charged with sexual violence or harassment, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken, which may include termination of employment, contract, suspension or expulsion.
In cases where criminal proceedings are initiated, IAAH will assist police agencies, lawyers, insurance companies, and courts to the fullest extent.
Where criminal and/or civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence, IAAH may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures.
- Making False Statements
It is a violation of this Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint. Individuals who violate this Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.
It is a violation of this Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant, acting in good faith, who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or, otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation process.
- Complaints Made in Good Faith
If students, in good faith, report an incident of or make a complaint about, sexual
violence, they will not be subject to discipline or sanctions for violations of the
private career college’s policies relating to drug or alcohol use at the time the
alleged sexual violence occurred;
- Irrelevant Questions
Students who disclose their experience of sexual violence through reporting an
the incident of, making a complaint about, or accessing supports and services for
sexual violence, will not be asked irrelevant questions during the investigation process by the private career college’s staff or investigators, including irrelevant
questions relating to the student’s sexual expression or past sexual history.
This policy will be reviewed periodically for necessary additions and amendments. It may also be revised from time to time based upon policies which may be issued by the Superintendent for the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Private Career Colleges Branch.
Appendix 1 lists provincial rape crisis centres which could be provided as resources.
Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres in Ontario
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511
#SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile
Telephone toll-free: 1-877-336-2433
ATS: 1 866 860-7082
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Local Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia
Huronia Transition Homes operates La Maison Rosewood Shelter (Midland) & Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre
24-hour crisis line:
Barrie: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799
Midland: 705-526-4211 or 1-800-461-175
Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District
Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services
Parry Sound District Office
Office: (705) 774-9083 or 1-877-851-6662
Muskoka District Office
Office: (705) 646-2122 or 1-877-406-1268
Sexual Assault Centre of Brantford
Assault Response & Care Centre
Office: (613) 345-3881 or 1-800-567-7415
Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
24 Hour Crisis Line: 519-354-8688
Sexual Assault Support Services for Women
Iethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter
Akwasasne Family Violence Program
24 Hour Crisis: 1-800-480-4208
Durham Rape Crisis Centre
Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County
24 hour crisis: 1-800-663-3060
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area)
Crisis: (905) 525-4162
Office (905) 525-4573
Kenora Sexual Assault Centre
Crisis: (807) 468-7233 or 1-800-565-6161
Office: (807) 468-7958
Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
Crisis: 613-544-6424 or 1-877-544-6424
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
Sexual Assault Centre London
London Abused Women’s Centre
Hope 24/7 (formerly the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel)
Office: (905) 792-0821
Women’s Support Network of York Region
Crisis: 1-800-263-6734 or 905-895-6734
Office: (905) 895-3646
Amelia Rising Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Nippising/centre d’aggressions sexuelles de nippising
TTY: (705) 840-5877
Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton
Crisis: 905-875-1555 or 1-877-268-8416
Family Transition Place
Sexual Assault Support Centre
Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
Peterborough & Kawarthas
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
Crisis: (705) 741- 0260 or 1-866-298-7778
Office/TTY: (705) 741-0260
YWCA Peterborough Haliburton
Office: 705.743.3526 x 130
Sault Ste Marie
Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc.
Crisis: 705-759-1230 or 1-877-759-1230
Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton
Crisis: 519 337-3320 or 1-888-231-0536
Office: (519) 337-3154
Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Service
Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre
Crisis: (905) 682-4584
Office: (905) 682-7258
Thunder Bay Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis and Counselling Centre
Office: (807) 345-0894 or 1-866-311-5927
Timmins and Area Women in Crisis
Crisis: 1-877-268-8380 (sexual assault)
Crisis: 1-855-827-7233 (shelter)
Office: (705) 268-8381
Oasis Centre des Femmes
Téléphone : 416-591-6565
Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape
Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County
Domestic Abuse Services Oxford
Crisis: 519 539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938