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Western's commitment to sexual violence prevention and victim/survivor support - March 26th, 2015

Western has launched a revamped website devoted to sexual violence prevention and victim/survivor support.

The website,, includes background on sexual violence and its effect on victims/survivors; information on how to report an incident of sexual violence; and on- and off-campus resources and support for victims/survivors and those who want to help them.

“All members of the Western community have the right to study, learn, work and research in an environment free of sexual violence,” says Janice Deakin, the University’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic). “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.”

Western has also taken the following steps to fulfill the University’s commitment Western to taking action to prevent sexual violence and to support victims/survivors:

• A sexual violence policy has been established, which is the foundation of Western’s commitment to providing and maintaining an environment in which sexual violence is not tolerated: Policy on Sexual Violence

• Procedures to respond to sexual violence to support members of our campus community, regardless of where an incident of sexual violence has occurred: Responding to Sexual Violence

• A Sexual Violence Prevention Education Committee has been formed, a working group of Western’s Safe Campus Advisory Partners committee. Currently, the committee is working on training initiatives, response protocols and an awareness campaign 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:

LOCK 'em UP!!! Remember to lock your bikes

Over the past couple of weeks there have been several bicycles thefts from University grounds. Generally the chain holding the bicycle is cut with a bolt cutter but those secured with a U lock seem to be avoided. If you seen anyone acting suspiciously please call 519-661-3300 from a cell phone or 911 from a campus phone.
For those wishing to improve bike security please contact Parking Services for a ‘secure’ locker. The lockers are $10 per month, are at various locations, and can be rented in 4 month blocks.

Weather warning system now operating

Western is prepared to sound the alarm – literally.

With an average of 70 tornadoes touching down in populated regions of Canada each year, a new preparedness tool to ensure the safety of students, staff, faculty and members of the surrounding campus community will give folks a heads up when needed. More.

New mental health website provides guide to campus resources

Stress is a normal part of university, and can be a helpful motivator. However, multiple or unexpected stressors, or lack of sufficient coping strategies and too little sleep may lead to feeling overwhelmed.

Western has a number of services and resources that can assist you in managing stress and mental health concerns. The Mental Health @ Western website will direct you to mental health services and information available on campus.

Student Health Services offers tips for parents concerned about student's mental health (posted Jan. 2011)

Mental health and managing stress effectively are important to academic success. Long hours, too little sleep, too much caffeine, poor diet, a changing environment and much, much more may trigger a change in mental health for students. Postsecondary students fall into the highest risk age group for mental illnesses, which is 15- 24 years of age. Learn more about how to observe for signs of concern in your son or daughter.


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