Sexual Violence Resources and Supports
All members of the Algoma University community have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from any form of sexual violence.
Sexual violence of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Algoma University works to ensure individuals feel safe and enable them to have the resources available to them, including the ability to make a report in good faith about sexual violence that they have experienced or witnessed.
Algoma U Contacts
- Campus Security Brampton and Sault Ste. Marie: Internally dial Ext. 4444
- Campus Security Timmins: 705-235-6842
- Human Resources: 705-949-2301 Ext. 4373
- Manager, Student Wellbeing: 705-288-1542
- Human Rights and Equity Office: 705-949-2301 Ext. 4112
If you would like to report an incident of sexual violence, you can do so by:
- For Students: Making a formal complaint to Student Success
- For Employees: Making a formal complaint to Human Resources
- For Students/Employees: Anonymously Report a complaint by completing the Sexual Violence Report form.
If you or anyone you know requires support following an act of sexual violence, please use the resources on this page to assist you with the supports and services you may need.
If you require support following an act of sexual violence, you have access to 24/7 support through our Student Assistance Program with Homewood Health. There are many service options available, including counselling, coaching, and various web-based resources that you can access from your phone, tablet, or desktop. Counselling services are provided by certified mental health professionals with master’s level training or higher and are available in over 150 languages.
If you are looking for immediate support from a professional counsellor, have your AU student ID number ready and call Homewood Health at:
1-888-384-1152 (TTY/hearing impaired)
1-877-301-4776 (Outside of Canada)
City of Sault Ste. Marie
- Sexual Assault Care Centre/ Partner Assault Clinic: 705-759-5143
- Women in Crisis: 705-759-1230
- Sault and Area Hospital Crisis: 705-759-3398
- City Police: 705-949-6300 or 9-1-1
- Victim Services of Algoma: 705-945-6905
- Campus Security: Internally dial Ext. 4444
- Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-205-7100
- Good to Talk: 1-866-925-5454
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 24/7 line: 416-863-0511 / Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511
- Chantel’s Place: 905-848-7580
- Peel Regional Police: 905-453-3311 or 9-1-1
- Mobile Crisis of Peel 24/7: 905-278-9036
- Victim Services of Peel: 24-hour Line: 905-568-8800
- Campus Security: Internally dial Ext. 4444
- Timmins and Area Women in Crisis 705-268-8380
- HER Place Women’s Shelter 705-264-7233 or Toll Free 1-855-827-7233 (24/7)
- Centre Passerelle pour femmes 705-360-5657
- Villa Renouvellement Women’s Shelter 705-264-1321 or Toll Free 1-877-748-8452 (24/7)
- Timmins and District Victim Services 705-360-8700 or Toll Free 1-877-264-4208 (24/7)
- Campus Security: 705-235-6842
Gathering Student Input on Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is a societal problem that negatively impacts many individuals across the province, including post-secondary students. In order to better understand the extent of this important issue on university campuses, in February 2018, all full-time Ontario university students were invited to participate in the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey, the largest confidential survey on sexual violence ever conducted in our province.
This survey is an important tool for universities, including Algoma University, to understand the extent of the problem and the experiences of students, including survivors of sexual violence.
The survey asked students to provide their perspectives and experience with:
- Unwanted sexual attention
- Consent for sexual activity
- Reactions to sexual harassment or sexual assault against themselves or others
- Availability of support services addressing sexual violence
By understanding the experiences of students, including survivors, universities can do more to prevent sexual violence and respond to the cases and issues raised in meaningful ways.
To find out more about the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey, please visit the Council of Ontario Universities website.
Algoma University recognizes the challenges faced by those who have experienced sexual violence and urges individuals to make use of the supports available under our policy. All those who have experienced sexual violence have a right to:
- be believed, and treated with compassion, dignity and respect;
- be informed about on-campus and off-campus (community) services and resources;
- decide whether to report the incident to Student Success, Human Resources, campus security, and/or the local police;
- be provided with assistance in formulating a safety plan;
- be provided with necessary appropriate accommodations including but not limited to:
- unwanted contact with the perpetrator if the perpetrator is a member of the campus community;
- appropriate academic and/or work accommodations.
- a fair and unbiased on-campus investigation with the full cooperation of the institution, if applicable as outlined in the Scope of the Sexual Violence Policy;
- not be subject to actions for violations of the institution’s policies related to drug and alcohol use at the time of the alleged sexual violence incident, while acting in good faith;
- choose amongst these supports, selecting all, some, or none of the above options.
Ensuring confidentiality is a key principle in creating an environment and culture where survivors feel safe to disclose and seek support and accommodation. The University is committed to ensuring such an environment and culture exists. The University will make every reasonable effort to balance confidentiality with its legal responsibility to provide a campus environment free from sexual violence. The University protects personal information and handles records in accordance with its policies, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Personal Health Information Protection Act, and the provisions of applicable employee collective agreements.
Sexual Violence Taskforce
The Sexual Violence Taskforce is a University committee comprised of students and employees (Faculty, Staff, Administration) who together will make recommendations regarding the University’s Policy on Sexual Violence and coordinate efforts regarding resources to prevent university sexual violence. The committee works collaboratively towards effective change at the individual, institutional and cultural levels, with the goal of creating a safer campus environment for the Algoma University community.