Preventing and fighting sexual violence

ÉTS adopts its policy

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sexual violence and harassment are subjects that must be addressed, and they are a priority at ÉTS at all times. On December 3, 2018, the ÉTS Board of Directors adopted the Politique pour prévenir et combattre les violences à caractère sexuel (Policy for preventing and fighting sexual violence), in compliance with the Act to prevent and fight sexual violence in higher education institutions.

This document is the product of a committee that was formed with a mandate to draft and revise the school’s policies respecting harassment. In addition to employees from the Harassment Prevention and Resolution Office (HPRO), this important committee also included representatives from unions (professors, instructors, lecturers and support staff), the Human Resources Department, Student Services, the Legal Affairs Department, the Student Association, student groups (Les INGénieuses [woman engineering students] and Intégrale [LGBT]) and the Prevention and Security Office.

Members of the committee met over a one-year period, from fall 2017 to fall 2018. The documents they produced were then subjected to a more expansive consultation process involving each of the major groups before being submitted to the Board of Directors for adoption.

During the same session, the Board of Directors also adopted two related By-Laws:
-    Règlement sur l’encadrement des relations de proximité dans le cadre de rapports d’autorité
     (By-Law respecting Guidelines for Close Personal Relations within the Context of a Relationship of Authority)
-    Règlement sur le Code de vie
     (By-Law respecting the Code of Conduct)

Furthermore, in October 2018, the Board of Directors adopted the Politique pour un milieu de travail, d'études et de vie respectueux et exempt de harcèlement (Policy for a respectful working, studying and living environment free of harassment).

Policy for preventing and fighting sexual violence
The objective of the policy is to establish rules for ensuring a working, studying and living environment that is healthy, safe and proactive with respect to the fight against sexual misconduct and sexual violence. In adopting this policy, ÉTS affirms the importance of prevention and intervention aimed at eliminating situations involving sexual misconduct and sexual violence.

The policy also prescribes the creation of an Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Psychological Harassment and Sexual Violence, which will be mandated to advise the HPRO in defining and implementing prevention measures and awareness-raising initiatives throughout the campus. The Advisory Committee will comprise 12 members from the university community, and will offer advice related to the creation of an annual prevention strategy and prevention measures to be implemented in the fight against sexual violence.

In 2019, the HPRO will introduce a campus-wide recurring training program related to this subject, which will complement the existing awareness-raising activities.

The By-Laws
The By-Law respecting the Code of Conduct imposes a series of attitudes and behaviours that promote respect and decency on campus. Adherence from every member of the community and their commitment to respecting the By-Law represent the foundations underlying the spirit of the Policy and constitute essential conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.

The objective of the By-Law respecting Guidelines for Close Personal Relations within the Context of a Relationship of Authority is not to prohibit such relations, but rather to provide a framework for them, with a view to upholding the objectivity and impartiality required in a situation where one individual may be in a position of authority over the other in an educational or administrative context. The individual who is in a position of authority must report the relationship to the HPRO. The community will be informed of the procedure to be followed in the coming months.

These policies and By-Laws apply to the entire ÉTS community (students, professors, instructors, lecturers, administrators and employees). They will contribute to the creation of an open and respectful working, studying and living environment at ÉTS, where every individual can feel welcome and respected, and where diversity is valued and viewed as an asset that enriches the community.

Also : ÉTS Harassment Prevention and Resolution Office

For information :
Sébastien Langevin
Communication Officer - ÉTS
514 396-8664

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