Task Force on Preventing & Responding to Sexualized Violence
In March 2019, the Ontario government set out a mandate for all post-secondary institutions to create a task force devoted to addressing and preventing sexual violence on campus. The Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence at Mohawk College contributes to the development of student supports and education initiatives, reviews and implements changes to related policies, and is committed to engaging diverse student representatives, alongside faculty and staff. The Task Force provides strategic direction and leadership on matters pertaining to sexual violence prevention, awareness and education; and works collaboratively with campus and community stakeholders to ensure initiatives are well-informed and reflective of the needs of the Mohawk College Community.
Terms of Reference
Task Force on Preventing & Responding to Sexualized Violence Terms of Reference
Updated: December 2020
Mohawk College’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexualized Violence will continue the work of the Sexualized Violence Education and Awareness Committee established several years prior. In March 2019, the provincial government set out a mandate for all post-secondary institutions to create a task force devoted to addressing and preventing sexual violence on campus. The task force must include diverse student representatives, alongside faculty and staff, and be required to report its findings to both their respective board of governors as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As such, the original committee will evolve into the Task force, as named above, to ensure government compliance and continue to grow existing policy, support, and awareness initiatives currently taking place on campus.
Stewards of the Policy and Procedures. The role of the Task force will be to provide strategic direction and leadership by reviewing the Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy and Procedures annually. This review will include the partnership agreement between the Dean of Students’ Office and the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA), which outlines the student consultation process under the direction of the Dean of Students.
Leaders of the Education, Awareness and Training Efforts for Students and Employees. The Task force is responsible for providing thoughtful, objective and strategic leadership of sexual violence prevention, awareness and education efforts and will continue to work collaboratively with on and off campus community partners to guide and increase campus awareness initiatives and interventions.
The Task force will submit an annual report to the Mohawk College Board of Governors (due by mid March for the April meeting), which will form part of the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Annual Report. A successful Task force will see increased awareness and engagement that will result in improved results in the Student Voices Survey (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 2018) over the next three years, and a culture of consent that is broadly understood and embraced by the campus community.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The membership structure of the Task force is designed to maximise community participation, and ensure productivity and shared responsibility for meeting the mandate and objectives for the task force.
The Task force will consist of a Core Working Group. This group will meet at minimum six times per year to ensure the Task force is meeting its mandate and will drive project completion:
1) Student Rights & Responsibilities Office (Lead Facilitator & Team Lead)
2) Human Resources, Employee Development Office (Team Lead)
3) Gender-Based Violence Education Coordinator (Team Lead)
4) Student Rights & Responsibilities Sexual Violence Specialist (Team Lead)
5) Student Wellness Initiatives, ALS-Accessible Learning Services (Representative)
6) Security Services (Representative)
7) Mohawk Students’ Association President (Representative)
The Lead Facilitator will convene meetings of the Core Working Group and be responsible for setting the agenda, and ensure all correspondence and meeting information will be shared with the membership.
The Core Working Group will serve as Team Leads to the following Working Teams; membership will be derived from a larger membership group and divided into the following focus areas:
1. Policy & Process Development & Review (Team Lead: Student Rights & Responsibilities Office)
2. Mountain Men: A Male Engagement Initiative (Team Lead: Gender-Based Violence Education Coordinator)
3. Student Supports (Team Lead: Student Rights & Responsibilities Specialist Sexual Violence Specialist)
4. Student Awareness & Prevention (Team Lead: Gender-Based Violence Education Coordinator)
5. Employee Awareness & Prevention (Team Lead: Human Resources, Employee Development Office)
The Working Teams, comprised of the membership below, will meet regularly, at minimum once a month, to move projects and initiatives through to completion.
The Executive Sponsor of the Task force is the Dean of Students.
As a group, the membership group meets twice a year, alongside the Core Working Group and forms the Working teams for the focus areas listed above.
4-6 Mohawk Students (One Representative from each campus + two for Fennell)
1 Representative from Mohawk Students’ Association
1 Representative from Equity & Social Inclusion
1 Representative from International Education Services
1 Representative from Indigenous Education and Student Services
1 Representative from Accessible Learning Services
1 Representative from Residence Services
1 Representative from Athletic & Recreation
1 Representative from Marketing & Creative Services
1 Representative from Counselling Services
2 Faculty representative
2 Staff representative at large from Mohawk College
2 Representatives from community agencies
- To ensure the institution’s standpoint and policy and procedures on sexual violence are known, relevant, reviewed and accessible.
- To provide a forum to discuss local and nation-wide trends, issues, and initiatives as they relate
to sexual violence prevention on college campuses.
- To ensure that the college is in compliance with the legislative requirements outlined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
- To foster a culture of consent that is broadly understood and embraced by the campus community.
- To work collaboratively with campus and community partners to guide and increase campus awareness efforts, initiatives and interventions that address and prevent sexual violence.
- To create guiding principles for campus sexual violence education and prevention initiatives.
- To prepare and implement a male engagement strategy to prevent gender-based violence.
- To create initiatives grounded in theory that can be monitored and assessed.
- To improve communications, engagement and information sharing on sexual violence
prevention and procedures to all members of the college community, including community partners.
- To advocate and ensure that sexual violence preventions, trainings and response efforts are prioritized and resourced accordingly.
- To build resources, training and resources to help Mohawk community members meet their obligations under the Mohawk’s Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy.
- To acknowledge the scope of the taskforce and refer concerns that could arise in meetings to the appropriate campus and community stakeholders, if necessary.
All decisions made by the members of the Task force will be made using the attached Consensus Model (Appendix A).
All correspondence and meeting information will be shared using individual Mohawk email accounts and the Microsoft Teams platform. The Student Rights & Responsibilities Office will maintain an archive of all membership information, communications and reports. All Ministry related reports and report writing will be in collaboration with key campus stakeholders, including the Security Services, Student Wellness and Equity and Social Inclusion and Human Resources.
The work of the Task force will approve all initiates and required funding of the Working Groups through the Women`s Safety Grant, based on the continued support from the government.
Appendix 1: Consensus Model
Consensus Definition: “A general agreement”
In our consensus model, people are not simply for or against the decision, but have the option to situate themselves on a scale that lets them express their individual opinion more clearly.
If everyone is at level #4 or above, consensus has been reached.
1. Fully support
3. Support with reservations
4. Will not block it, can live with it
5. Need more information or more discussion
a. If someone is at level 5, they have the obligation to explain what information or discussion they require from the group.
6. No; cannot accept it
a. If someone is at level 6, it is important for them to try to offer a solution that can accommodate their needs and the needs of the rest of the group.
In addressing someone’s reservations, it is important to
• Ask everyone for possible solutions (the person expressing the concern and the rest of the group both have a responsibility to find solutions), and
• Ask people to suggest improvements or alternatives that meet the objectives of the entire group.
Task Force Projects
2020 Project Updates Coming Soon!
Interested students, staff and faculty are invited to apply to join the Task Force by emailing consent [at] mohawkcollege.ca, with the following information:
- Your full name, pronouns (optional), and campus
- Three to five sentences describing what you hope to contribute to the Task Force (For example: are you interested in policy development or educational programming? Do you enjoy social media and content creation? Are you passionate about engaging men and boys in efforts to end gender-based violence?).
- Have you completed any sexual violence training (ie: Bystander Intervention)?
- For staff only: has your direct supervisor approved the hours required to commit to this project?