S.H.A.R.E. STATEMENT OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Members of the Mount Allison University community have the right to determine for themselves the nature of their consensual relationships and social interactions. This right includes a responsibility not to engage in activities that are offensive to others and to be free from sexual harassment or sexual assault within a consensual relationship or any interaction or environment at Mount Allison University. Members of the University community also have the right to be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation or gender. All related offenses are referred to below as “gender-based violence” and may involve verbal, written or physical behaviour.

All members of the university community have a responsibility to:

  • discourage other members of the University community from engaging in conduct which constitutes gender-based violence
  • encourage those who experience gender-based violence to seek the advice of the Sexual Harassment Advisor
  • encourage those who experience gender-based violence to make a complaint under the sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-neutral language and/or student governance policy (policies)
  • report incidents of gender-based violence to the Sexual Harassment Advisor at share@mta.ca
  • co-operate with those responsible for dealing with the investigation of (a) complaint(s)
  • assist in maintaining the confidentiality and privacy of parties involved in a complaint

A person making a complaint has the right:

  • o have their complaint handled in accordance with the Policies and Procedures with Respect to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault or other relevant University polic(ies)
  • To be accompanied by another member of the university community, of their own choosing, during any proceedings related to the complaint
  • To have their complaint, and any references to the complaint, excluded from any personal file* unless the complaint was frivolous or vexatious
  • To be kept informed of the status of any proceedings under the polic(ies)
  • To receive the results of an investigation in writing

A respondent has the right:

  • To receive a copy of the complaint in writing without undue delay
  • To reply to any complaint made against them before any decision adverse to their interest is reached on the complaint
  • To be accompanied by another member of the university community, of their own choosing, during any proceedings related to the complaint
  • To have the complaint, and any reference to the complaint, excluded from any personal file* unless they are found to have committed an offence under this policy
  • To be kept informed of the status of any proceedings under this policy
  • To receive the results of an investigation in writing

*In the case of a student, normally there is only one personal file and that is located in the Registrar’s Office and contains the student’s academic record. That file would have information placed in it concerning a matter dealt with under this policy if the student were suspended or expelled from the university. A disciplinary record file is also maintained within the Department of Student Affairs in the Student Life Office. This file may be used when references for work or academics are sought by outside parties through this office.

Written: August 6, 2013

Reviewed and revised March 29, 2015