Policy and procedures

Mount Royal University condemns all acts of violence. Because of the unacceptable prevalence of gender-based violence, we have chosen to take a strong and explicit position against dating, domestic and sexual violence. We recognize that many students, faculty and staff have had experiences with dating, domestic and/or sexual violence and we strive to be a support for our community members.

Survivor/victim Bill of Rights

Sexual Violence can have serious negative impacts on an individual's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. Mount Royal recognizes the potential traumatic effects of sexual violence and supports the efforts of individuals to seek support and recover. Victims/survivors of sexual can expect to:

  • Be believed.
  • Be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect for their personal dignity and privacy by Mount Royal employees.
  • Have minimal requests to repeat information, with minimal numbers of staff involved.
  • Have access to information about the services and remedies available to survivors/victims of crime and protection to prevent unlawful intimidation.
  • Have their role in the process clearly articulated.
  • Be interviewed, if they so request, during any investigative process or administrative interview only by persons and officials of the same gender as they are.
  • Be notified of their options to notify law enforcement by Mount Royal representatives.
    Have the opportunity to have any person they choose present during any part of a sexual violence disclosure or formal reporting process.
  • Be notified of counseling and health care services on and off campus.
  • Be notified of safety options such as changing classes, living accommodations or transportation. When taking these measures, Mount Royal will minimize encumbrances to the victim/survivor.
  • Receive immediate help upon making any form of disclosure of sexual violence. Mount Royal will develop safety plans in conjunction with victims/survivors as necessary, even before the completion, or in the absence of, any investigation or administrative process.
  • Have the right to report any retaliation by the alleged perpetrator, other students or employees or any other member of the Mount Royal community. Mount Royal will seek strong sanctions against any person involved in such retaliation.
  • To be clearly informed of their ability to access supports such as confidentially speaking to someone who can provide services like advocacy, counseling, health care, police assistance or academic support without triggering any form of formal investigation.