Message from the Provost
The University of Waterloo is committed to fostering a supportive and safe climate for all students, faculty and staff. Currently, there is a great deal of focus on the issue of sexual violence in Canada and, in particular, how universities respond to cases of sexual assault.
This University continually strives to raise awareness about sexual violence and develop wide-ranging practices to prevent sexual violence on our campus and, critically, provide support to the individuals who experience sexual assault.
We conduct regular safety audits to identify and address any concerns. We recently appointed our first director of equity, as well as a special advisor to the president on women's and gender issues. These individuals are working together with our campus to improve the ways we promote a safe and respectful community.
Most importantly, we encourage community members to seek assistance if they are sexually assaulted. Information about support and resources for individuals who have experienced sexual assault is available below.
Vice-President, Academic and Provost
Sexual assault - definition
Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature (i.e. kissing, touching, oral or anal sex, intercourse or other forms of penetration) that is imposed on another person.
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted
- Remember it is not your fault! Go to a safe place. Call someone you trust for support.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. A medical examination is important to detect injury and for possible protection against sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy. The Waterloo Region Sexual Assault Treatment Centre is located at St Mary's Hospital. They have resources to assist you.
- Seriously consider reporting the assault to campus or local police. Telling the police does not mean that charges will be laid or that you must later go to trial.
Individuals who experience sexual violence will be treated with dignity and respect:
- to be informed of on- and off-campus services and resources
- to decide whether or not to access available services and to choose those services they feel will be most beneficial,
- to decide whether to report to campus or local police
- to have an on-campus investigation with the institution’s full co-operation
- to have a safety plan
- to have reasonable and necessary actions taken to prevent further unwanted contact with the alleged perpetrator(s).
Resources to support you
The following resources are available to support survivors of sexual violence.
Health Services provides primary medical care for all registered University of Waterloo students. Our health professionals work to promote a safe, healthy environment for our students.
Phone: 519-888-4567 Extension 32655
Counselling Services is a team of professionals dedicated to supporting the personal and interpersonal functioning of our diverse university community. They offer individual and group counselling,
- to facilitate personal and social growth
- to assist with life difficulties
- to intervene in times of crisis
The Waterloo Region Sexual Assault Treatment Centre is located at St Mary's Hospital. They have all the resources to assist individuals who experience sexual assault and can collect evidence in the event that you wish to press criminal charges now or in the future.
24 Hour Support Line: 519-741-8633
Office Phone: 519-571-0121
Services include 24 Hour Support Line, Individual & Group Counselling (Free & Confidential), Accompaniment to Hospital, Police, or Court.
Phone: Extension 22222 or 519-888-4911
When campus police receive a complaint of sexual assault, the matter is referred to the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) (major case/sex crimes unit). Campus police ensure appropriate services are provided to individuals such as counselling, accommodation change, and schedule change to ensure the individual is adequately supported.
Phone: 911 or 519-653-7700
If you have experienced sexual assault, you are not alone and it is not your fault. This University and the broader community have resources available to help you during this difficult time.