Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy

Sexual Violence and Harassment


Sexual Violence & Harassment Policy (updated January 2022)


  1. 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.


  1. 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.



  1. 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:

  1. responding promptly to any complaint and providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation;
  2. assisting those who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care;
  3. providing those who have experienced sexual violence with appropriate academic and other accommodation;
  4. providing those who have experienced sexual violence with information about reporting options; and
  5. providing on-campus investigation procedures for sexual violence complaints.
  1. 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.


3. Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence

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.


  1. 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:

  1. determining whether the incident should be referred immediately to police;
  2. 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;
  3. interviewing the complainant, any person involved in the incident and any identified witnesses;
  4. interviewing any other person who may have knowledge of incidents related to the complaint or any other similar incidents;
  5. informing the respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations;
  6. providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation; and
  7. 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. 


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Reprisal

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.


  1. 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;


  1. 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.


  1. Review

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. 


Appendix 1


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

TTY: 416-364-8762




Telephone toll-free: 1-877-336-2433

ATS: 1 866 860-7082


Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres


35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women. To locate the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre nearest you, follow this link.


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

Office: 705-526-3221



Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District

Toll-Free: 1-877-544-6424

Office: 613-967-6300



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

Crisis: 519-751-3471

Office: 519-751-1164



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

Office/TTY:  519-354-8908



Sexual Assault Support Services for Women


Iethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter

Akwasasne Family Violence Program

24 Hour Crisis: 1-800-480-4208 

Phone: 613-937-4322’s-shelter


 Durham Region

Durham Rape Crisis Centre

Crisis: 905-668-9200

Office: 905-444.9672



Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County

24 hour crisis: 1-800-663-3060

Office: 613-735-5551



Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

Crisis: 519-836-5710


Office: 519-823-5806



Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area)

Crisis: (905) 525-4162

Office (905) 525-4573

TTY: 905-525-4592



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

Office: 613-545-0762



Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

Crisis: 519.741.8633

Office: 519.571.0121



Sexual Assault Centre London

Crisis: 519-438-2272

Office 519-439-0844

TTY: 519-439-0690


London Abused Women’s Centre

Office: 519-432-2204



Peel Region

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


 North Bay

Amelia Rising Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Nippising/centre d’aggressions sexuelles de nippising

Crisis: 705-476-3355

Office: 705-840-2403

TTY: (705) 840-5877



Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton

Crisis: 905-875-1555 or 1-877-268-8416

Office: 905-825-3622 



Family Transition Place

Crisis: 1-800-265-9178

Office: 519-942-4122



Sexual Assault Support Centre

Crisis: 613-234-2266

Phone:  613-725-2160

TTY:  613-725-1657 


Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

Crisis: 613-562-2333

Office: 613-562-2334

Peterborough & Kawarthas

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis: (705) 741- 0260 or 1-866-298-7778

Office/TTY: (705) 741-0260


YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

Crisis: 1-800-461-7656

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

Crisis: 1-800-265-8076

TTY: 1-800-815-6419

Office: 519-426-8048


St. Catherines

Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis:  (905) 682-4584

Office:  (905) 682-7258


Thunder Bay

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 :


Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape

Crisis: 416-597-8808

Office: 416-597-1171



Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County

Crisis: 519-253-9667



Domestic Abuse Services Oxford

Crisis: 519 539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938