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Reporting a sexual assault

Anyone may report a sexual assault or sexual misconduct to the university

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The pages above are condensed versions of the full Procedures Related to the Sexual Assault Prevention Policy

Reporting options

You have two options when reporting an allegation of sexual assault or misconduct. You may choose one or both of these options.

The university recognizes its responsibility to respond to reports of sexual assault and sexual misconduct immediately upon becoming aware of an incident in a fair and effective manner, and encourages the immediate reporting of all incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. 

Option 1: Report through the university

Begin by registering the incident with:

Protective Services
306-966-5555

Protective Services can provide Reporting Persons with information concerning their options and rights and will assist in making reports to law enforcement officials, if such assistance is requested.

When a report is made, Protective Services will notify the appropriate senior university leader. If the Reporting Person is a student, the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning will be notified. If the Reporting Person is an employee, the Associate Vice President Human Resources will be notified.

These senior university leaders are responsible for overseeing the university’s response to reports of sexual assault and sexual misconduct to ensure that the university’s processes unfold appropriately and to uphold all of the elements of the Policy on Sexual Assault Prevention.

Option 2: Report through the Criminal Justice System

You can initiate a criminal investigation by reporting the incident to:

Saskatoon Police Service
911 (for emergencies)
306-975-8300 (for non-emergencies)

If at a U of S campus outside of Saskatoon, a report can be made to the local authorities.

Saskatoon Police Service (or other police services outside of Saskatoon) will provide information relating to such things as filing a complaint, the criminal investigation process, and the likelihood that a criminal charge may be laid. When a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct is made to the police, the police and crown prosecutor make the final decision regarding how and whether the allegation moves forward.

Preservation of information, material and medical evidence

When an individual intends to report sexual assault or sexual misconduct, it is important that any information, material and medical evidence relating to sexual assault or sexual misconduct is preserved for both possible criminal justice investigations and university investigations under these procedures.

Anyone involved in an incident of sexual assault or sexual misconduct including individuals who are reporting, who are witnesses in the incident, or who are responding to the report are encouraged to preserve all information and material evidence relating to the incident. To make the collection of forensic data easier, the person who experienced the victimization should not shower, bathe, change or throw away clothes, disturb the area of occurrence, brush teeth, or comb hair. Other examples of information and material evidence include, but are not limited to, electronic communications (e.g., e-mails and text messages), photographs, and bedding.

What happens after you report

The university has a protocol in place following a report

Support

When Protective Services has received a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, the Reporting Person, the Accused Person, and anyone else involved in the incident will be offered appropriate support  (in those cases where this has not already happened).

  • Protective Services will ensure that medical attention is offered. This includes notifying an ambulance (if necessary) and accompanying the person who has been victimized to a hospital emergency department (if requested).
  • Protective Services will ensure that the appropriate university personnel are mobilized to provide support including the Student Affairs Case Manager (when either the Reporting Person or the Accused Person is a student) or Emergency Manager and Senior Wellness Specialist (when either the Reporting Person or the Accused Person is an employee).
  • All parties will be provided with contacts for supports as described in Disclosing Sexual Assault or Sexual Misconduct.
  • All parties will be given comprehensive information about the university’s policy and procedures that apply to the situation and the associated steps or actions that can be taken including information about making a formal complaint.

Safety Assessment, Emergency Notification, and Campus Notification: Protective Services will conduct an initial assessment, including taking the steps necessary to ensure a safe environment for every individual involved in the incident being reported and other members of the campus community.

  • Emergency Notification: In the event of an immediate imminent threat to the campus community, an Emergency Notification may be activated. Such notifications can be activated in under 10 minutes and are sent out electronically. An Emergency Notification does not involve consultation with anyone involved in the situation being reported.
  • Campus Notification: When not deemed an immediate imminent threat, it may still be necessary for the university to notify the wider campus (either in Saskatoon or at other U of S campus locations, or both) that sexual assault or sexual misconduct has taken place. When it is deemed necessary to notify the wider campus, this notification is typically sent out electronically within a few hours of a reported incident. Exceptions to the timeframe for campus notification may exist. For example, when the level of risk to campus is deemed low and there is concern about the impact of a campus notification on the well-being of the individual who has been victimized, a campus notification may be delayed or may be deemed inappropriate.

In making decisions about campus notification, consideration is given:

    • The level of risk surrounding the event (e.g., the likelihood of further harm to members of the campus community)
    • The wishes of the person who was reported to have been sexually assaulted.
    • The opportunity to educate and build awareness within the campus community.
    • When the Saskatoon Police Service are involved in a matter, the university must also give consideration to the obligation that campus notification does not interfere with an on-going criminal investigation.

This notification may include information (as known and as appropriate) about the incident:

    • Nature of the incident
    • Date and time
    • Place of the incident
    • Description of the individual who has been accused of committing the sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Initial Investigation by Protective Services: Following a report of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, Protective Services, on behalf of the university, will investigate the reported incident promptly and in a manner that ensures due process.

  • Although Protective Services normally takes the lead to investigate reports of sexual assault and sexual misconduct, the university may also appoint an alternate body to conduct the investigation.

Interim measures:  The university may impose interim measures as may be appropriate for the individuals involved in the reported incident of sexual assault or sexual misconduct and for the larger campus community. Notably, interim measures are not intended to be punitive, but are intended to provide a safe environment for all parties pending a determination of the allegations.

Interim measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • Separation of academic and living situations between the Reporting Person and Accused Person (in the case of student involvement);
  • Separation of workplace situations (in the case of employees);
  • Temporary suspension of the Accused Person (in the case of a student); or temporary modification of the Accused Persons academic program;
  • Temporary suspension of the Accused Person or relocation of duties of the Accused Person (in the case of an employee)
  • An order informing the Accused Person that they are prohibited from all or part of any campus of the University of Saskatchewan; and
  • a no-contact order (i.e., an agreement, which is mutually undertaken by two or more parties, to refrain from contacting one another based on mutually specified conditions).

Seek help

After any incident, you may disclose your experience with a university staff member.

Make a complaint

Formal complaints allow the university to hold students or staff who have committed an offense to account.

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