Prevention and Education

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

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

Bringing in the Bystander Workshops

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.

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The University of Manitoba introduced Bringing in the Bystander Training in 2015. Students interested in this training are encouraged to contact our Health and Wellness Educator for more information, Britt.Harvey@umanitoba.ca.

Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Violence 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 Britt.Harvey@umanitoba.ca.

Sexual Violence Awareness Online Modules

The University of Manitoba has created a series of five online modules containing foundational information about sexual violence, including:

  1. A community values statement
  2. A brief overview of our sexual violence policies and procedures;
  3. A discussion of consent, power dynamics, and conflicts of interest;
  4. "Busting" common myths about sexual violence; and
  5. An introduction to our Sexual Violence Support and Education website.

These modules can be accessed by all University of Manitoba faculty, students, and staff through your UM Learn account.

Safe Walk/Ride Program

At the University of Manitoba, Security Services offers the Safe Walk/Ride program free of charge for all members of the University community and visitors to campus.

The Safe Walk program is available 24/7 on both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. When an individual makes a request for a Safe Walk, Security Services will accompany the individual from one University location to another, or to their vehicle or a bus stop on University property.

Requests for Safe Walks can be made by calling 204-474-9312.

The Safe Ride program is a new initiative available to community members on the Bannatyne campus. Safe Ride provides an alternative to walking alone after dark. Safe Ride operates Monday-Friday until 12:00am. Should an individual request a Safe Ride, Security Services will pick them up on campus and drop them off anywhere within the Safe Ride boundaries. When the Safe Ride program is not available, Safe Walk services can still be requested for within Bannatyne Campus boundaries.

Requests for Safe Rides can be made by calling 204-474-9312.

Safe Ride Service Boundaries:

  • North to Logan Ave
  • South to Sargent Ave
  • West to McPhillips Street and Banning Street
  • East to Isabel Ave

When calling to request a safe ride, you will be asked for the following information by Security Services:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your pickup location
  • Your destination (vehicle location)
  • The number in your party (maximum of 3 people per ride)
  • The phone number you can be reached at

For more information on both the Safe Walk and Safe Ride programs, visit the Security Services website.

Awareness and Initiatives

2018 Sexual Violence Survey

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-chairs, Susan Gottheil at Susan.Gottheil@umanitoba.ca or Naomi Andrew at Naomi.Andrew@umanitoba.ca

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.