This page is intended to serve as a general educational resource for members of the University of Manitoba community seeking information and support for all forms of sexual violence, including sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Where there is a conflict between the information on this website and the university's policies or procedures, the policies and procedures will apply.
Education and training
Bringing in the Bystander
Bringing in the Bystander™ is an effective in-person, interactive prevention workshop that is based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in preventing sexual violence. Student participants learn the importance of speaking out against social norms that support sexual violence to:
- become aware of and identify potential risks in various situations
- develop empathy and support for survivors
- explore how to safely interrupt or intervene in situations that can lead to sexual violence
For more information on Bringing in the Bystander training, please contact email@example.com
Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Violence
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 three-hour session will guide University of Manitoba staff, faculty and students 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 UM Sexual Violence Policy. There will be an interactive portion to the workshop to allow observation, feedback and practice based on example scenarios.
Faculty and staff can register online through the Learning and Organizational Development Registration System. Students interesting in attending a session should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Violence workshops focus on responding to disclosures and not the process of filing a formal complaint or report. For more information on this workshop or to schedule a session for staff in your area, please email email@example.com.
Sexual violence awareness online modules
The University of Manitoba has created a series of five online modules containing foundational information about sexual violence, including:
- A community values statement
- A brief overview of our sexual violence policies and procedures
- A discussion of consent, power dynamics and conflicts of interest
- “Busting” common myths about sexual violence
- 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.
Consent is a voluntary agreement between two people before participating in any physical contact or sexual activity.
Consent can be withdrawn at any time by any person.
Consent is NOT obtained when a person:
- Is forced or coerced;
- Is threatened;
- Is manipulated by someone in a position of authority;
- Is intoxicated or drunk;
- Is sleeping;
- Is unconscious;
- Is silent;
- Is not fighting back; and/or
- Says “no.”
Without consent, it is sexual violence.
Sexual violence refers to any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, body, gender identity or gender expression — whether the act is physical or psychological in nature — that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without their consent. This includes but is not limited to:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Indecent exposure
- Stealthing (non-consensual removal of a condom or other form of protection)
- Degrading sexual imagery
- Sexual exploitation
- Distribution of sexual images or video of a person without their consent
- Cyber harassment or cyber stalking of a sexual nature
Sexual assault refers to the intentional sexual touching of another person with any object or body part without consent or by force.
Examples of sexual assault include:
- Touching in a sexual way without permission
- Forced kissing or fondling
- Forced oral, anal or vaginal intercourse (often referred to as “rape”)
Sexual harassment refers to a course of objectionable and unwelcome conduct or comments undertaken or made on the basis of sex. It includes offensive or humiliating behaviour of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Some examples of sexual harassment are:
- Unwanted sexual attention of a persistent or abusive nature
- Implied or expressed promise of reward for complying with a sexually oriented request
- Retaliation or threat of retaliation for refusal to comply with a sexual demand
- Sexually oriented behaviour when it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment
Policies and procedures
University policies and procedures provide specific information about the rights and responsibilities of members of the university community. For more information on consent and sexual violence (both internal to UM and external), refer to the following policies and resources:
Government of Manitoba
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.
New relationship guides
The University of Manitoba has created guides for our community members on intimate or sexual relationships. There are two guides:
- Relationships between University Employees and Students (PDF) — This guide is for University of Manitoba employees who teach or support students; and
- Relationships between University Employees Involving Power Differentials (PDF) — This guide is for all University of Manitoba employees.
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.
These guides are changing. In considering the implementation of the report, Responding to Sexual Violence, Harassment & Discrimination at the University of Manitoba: A Path Forward (PDF), the university is in the process of reviewing how it approaches intimate or sexual relationships between teaching staff and the students that they supervise.
University of Manitoba Security Services offers the Safe Walk/Ride program free of charge to all members of the university community and visitors to campus.
RWLE and Sexual Assault (SA) policy reviews
From May 2018 to November 2018, the University of Manitoba undertook the process of consulting our community on potential changes to our RWLE policy, Sexual Assault policy, and the combined procedures. The policy consultations and revision process are 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
Bringing in the Bystander
We hire student facilitators for Bringing in the Bystander (BITB) throughout the year. BITB facilitators run BITB sessions with various groups of students on issues of sexual violence prevention and response as well as bystander intervention. Sessions are held virtually and in-person. If you are interested in applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy U is made up of two teams of friendly volunteers who are certified student health educators. They are passionate and knowledgeable about relevant health topics and are available to answer questions, provide information, and connect fellow students to resources.
Safer Social Event Team
The SSET provides peer support for students at on-campus events which host alcohol. SSET members are students who attend the events, providing support for students who are in situations of concern. If you are interested in joining the team please contact email@example.com.
UM students, staff and community members who are seeking information on sexual violence, or who are seeking support regarding an experience of sexual violence are encouraged to contact SVRC staff.