Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault Policies (SV/SA Policies)
Where are Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault Policies found?
- All universities and colleges in Nova Scotia are required to have sexual violence or sexual assault policies.
- Many postsecondary institutions across Canada and beyond have these kinds of policies too.
- Other kinds of organizations may have SV/SA policies as well.
- Each SV/SA policy is unique.
- Video clips on this website provide information about some of the similarities and differences between three Nova Scotian SV/SA policies.
What do university SV/SA policies include?
University SV/SA policies explain the options that the institution makes available to students who have experienced sexual violence and others involved. These policies may answer the following questions:
- Who can a student can turn to for support following an incident of sexual violence?
- Will the university investigate allegations of sexual violence? If so, how does one initiate an investigation? What does an investigation involve?
- How is confidentiality protected by the policy? What are the limits to confidentiality?
Why do universities and colleges have SV/SA policies?
- SV/SA policies exist in response to widespread recognition that sexual violence is a more common experience among university and college students than among the general population.
- Student activists have organized to help bring these policies about.