Message from the Provost

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Important message from the Provost:

All members of the Western community have the right to study, learn, work and research in an environment free of sexual violence. Any and all acts of sexual violence will be addressed and individuals who have committed an act of sexual violence will be held accountable. Simply put, sexual violence is not tolerated at Western.

The University is committed to taking action to prevent sexual violence and to support victims/survivors of sexual violence.  Among the steps we have taken to fulfill this commitment are:

  • A sexual violence policy has been established, which is the foundation of our commitment to providing and maintaining an environment in which sexual violence is not tolerated.
  • Western has developed procedures to respond to sexual violence to support members of our campus community, regardless of where an incident of sexual violence has occurred.
  • A Sexual Violence Prevention Education Committee has been formed, a working group of the Safe Campus Advisory Partners committee. Currently, the committee is working on training initiatives, response protocols and an awareness campaign that is expected to launch this fall. The following areas have representation on the committee: Campus Community Police Services; Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children; Communications & Public Affairs; Equity and Human Rights Services; Housing & Ancillary Services; School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Student Development Centre; Student Health Services; Western International; as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Western’s Division of Housing & Ancillary Services has created a video , inspired by the White House’s ‘1 is 2 Many’ campaign. The video, called ‘See Something, Do Something’, features male leaders from across our campus speaking out against sexual violence. One in four women in Canada will experience sexual violence in their lifetime and university-aged women are five times more likely to experience sexual violence than others. We encourage you to watch the video, and share it.

Creating a safe and respectful environment requires a commitment from all members of the campus community, and Western’s administration will continue to do all it can to promote, foster and support that culture.


Janie Deakin, Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

Janice Deakin, PhD
Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. This includes sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape. It also includes sexual harassment, stalking, indecent or sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, cyber harassment, trafficking and sexual exploitation.