Sexual Violence and Reporting

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All members of the College community have the right to learn, work, teach, and live in an environment where they are free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and violence.  Keyano College is dedicated to investigating complaints that impact the rights of all individuals and will hold accountable individuals who contravene our Sexual Violence Policy or other relevant policies.  The College is committed to building awareness through educational and risk management programs to address the prevention of Sexual Violence.

If you or someone you know needs support:

Emotional

  • Wellness Services, located in the College, has trained counselors who will provide immediate emotional support for students as well as refer students to the appropriate community resources.  You can phone 780-791-8934 or email.
  • Health Services on campus are free to all our students. You can contact our on-campus Nurse to seek medical advice.
  • Waypoints Office: 780-743-4691
  • Unity House & 24 Hour Crisis Line: 780-743-1190
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 780-791-6708
  • Men's Outreach Program: 780-791-5143 
  • Fort McMurray Victim Services: 780-788-4250 (105 Paquette Drive, Fort McMurray)
  • Northern Lights Regional Health Centre Lifeline: 780-791-6108 (7 Hospital Street, Fort McMurray)
  • Northern Lights Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642

Medical

  • Hospital (NLRHC): 780-791-6161
  • Health Services on campus are free to all our students. You can contact our on-campus Nurse to book an appointment or get advice on how to handle medical problems.

Legal

  • Legal Aid Alberta : A publicly funded, not-for-profit organization that assists Albertans when navigating through the justice system and help them find resolution to their legal challenges. They provide a broad range of services including adult criminal law, youth criminal law, emergency protection orders/domestic violence and civil law.

    Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at 1-866-845-3425.

 Reporting sexual violence incident:

Making a Report to the College

Keyano College takes all reports of sexual violence seriously and will investigate all reports and ensure the identified victim has received necessary services for recovery. The decision to pursue legal recourse will be the decision of the complainant unless the safety of the college community is at risk. The complainant, witness or third-party can report through contacting in person or by email:

Making a Report to the RCMP

Victims Services Unit

105 Paquette Drive
Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9K 0P5
Phone: 780-788-4040

or dial 911 (Emergency Services)

Confidentiality and Reporting

Confidentiality is top of mind when handling sensitive issues in the college and the sharing of information is based on a need to know basis, keeping the number of staff involved to a minimum.  

Campus Security - SafeWalk

For a direct line to Campus Security look for the red phones on the walls throughout the Clearwater Campus. Security personnel are available to assist staff and students 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Security offers SafeWalk services (escort to your car, bus stop, residence, classroom or other), access control and lockouts as well as complaint investigations.

Sexual Violence Definitions:

 Consent

Consent is defined in Canada’s Criminal Code in s. 273.1(1), as the voluntary agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question. The law focuses on what the person was actually thinking and feeling at the time of the sexual activity. Sexual touching is only lawful if the person affirmatively communicated their consent, whether through words or conduct. Silence or passivity does not equal consent.

(Canada's Criminal Code)

 Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined as an assault of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. The Supreme Court of Canada held that the act of sexual assault does not depend solely on contact with any specific part of the human anatomy but rather the act of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. When investigating a sexual assault, there are certain relevant factors to consider:

  • The part of the body touched
  • The nature of the contact
  • The situation in which the contact occurred
  • The words and gestures accompanying the act
  • All other circumstances surrounding the act
  • Any threats that may or may not be accompanied by force

(Edmonton Police)

 Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behavior that adversely affects, or threatens to affect, directly or indirectly, a person's job security, working conditions or prospects for promotion or earnings; or prevents a person from getting a job, living accommodations or any kind of public service.

(Alberta Human Rights)

 Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence is defined as any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.

(World Health Organization)