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The University of Manitoba prioritizes the prevention of sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual harassment through collective education, awareness and building a culture of consent within our campus community.

Bringing in the Bystander

Bringing in the Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility® was developed at the University of New Hampshire and first used in Canada by the University of Windsor. It is an effective, evidence-based, in-person, interactive curriculum that encourages student participants to see themselves as bystanders that might safely intervene to stop a sexual assault before it occurs.

The University of Manitoba introduced Bringing in the Bystander Training in 2015 and we are currently exploring the most effective means to sustain this program on campus. Students interested in this training are encouraged to contact our Health and Wellness Educator for more information,

Responding to a disclosure workshops

The University of Manitoba is committed to being a safe place for people to disclose experiences of sexual violence and to receive effective support and referrals. This 3-hour session will guide University of Manitoba staff and faculty on ways to provide compassionate, supportive and consistent responses to those disclosing an incident of sexual violence. This workshop will walk you through the key elements and guidelines of responding to a disclosure of sexual violence and introduce the current U of M Sexual Assault Policy. There will be an interactive portion to the workshop to allow observation, feedback, and practise, based on example scenarios.

The focus of this workshop is on responding to disclosures and does not focus on the process of filing a formal complaint or report.

To register, visit the Learning & Organizational Development Registration System.

For interested student groups, please contact the Health and Wellness Educator Britt Harvey at

Awareness and Initiatives

During the spring of 2018, an invitation to participate in the Sexual Violence Survey was distributed via email to all students of the University of Manitoba. The intention of the survey was to identify areas of greatest risk, determine gaps in services, and collect information helpful to the development of a comprehensive sexual violence prevention, education, and response strategy.

Findings can be found in the Sexual Violence Survey Summary (PDF).

RWLE & SA Policy Review

From May 2018 to November 2018, the University of Manitoba undertook the process of consulting our community on potential changes to our Respectful Work and Learning Environment (RWLE) Policy, Sexual Assault (SA) Policy, and the combined procedures. The policy consultations and revision process is part of a larger initiative by the University of Manitoba to foster a safer campus and create a culture of consent.

Key themes from the consultation sessions and online feedback form can be found on the Sexual Assault Policy Review web page.

As of January 2019, the policy review is still ongoing, and more updates will be provided over the months to come.

For more information on the policy review or to provide additional feedback, please contact one of the RWLE & SA Policy Advisory Committee co-chair, Susan Gottheil at or Jackie Gruber at

New Relationship Guides

The University of Manitoba has created guides for our community members on intimate or sexual relationships. There are two guides:

The University strongly discourages intimate or sexual relationships between an employee and a student that they teach, supervise, advise, evaluate or are otherwise in a position of authority over. These relationships should be avoided. The University also strongly discourages intimate or sexual relationships between University employees where one employee is in a position of power over the other. These relationships should be avoided.

Both types of relationships have the potential to create unacceptable risks and abuses of power, resulting in a Conflict of Interest.

The employee in the position of power is responsible for disclosing the Conflict of Interest. The relationship must be disclosed immediately and in writing to the Head of their unit.

The conflict will be addressed as appropriate and in accordance with the University’s Conflict of Interest Procedure.

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