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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Jul, 6th 2017

How Bill 132 Affects Higher Ed Institutions in Canada

In response to a number of high-profile sexual assault cases across Canada, “Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment)” was passed in Ontario in the spring of 2016. The law has been enforced as of September 2016. Bill 132 affects both workplaces and universities, […]


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: May, 2nd 2017

What The Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Act Means for Schools in Manitoba

On Friday, April 28th, officials in Manitoba, Canada put into action a new law that outlines how Manitoba universities must act in order to prevent and handle instances of sexual violence on campus. According to CBC News, “An estimated 15 to 25 percent of female post-secondary students experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during […]


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Jan, 17th 2017

Roundup of Resources You Need on Title IX Topics

Complying with Title IX and preventing sexual violence on your campus should always be top concerns – they will never waver in importance or relevance. Throughout the years, Symplicity and the Advocate team have provided tons of resources outlining what Title IX means, how to comply with it and how to create a safe environment for all of your students.

We’ve rounded up these resources by topic – feel free to bookmark this post and return to it whenever you have a question or need help with ensuring your campus remains Title IX-compliant.


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Nov, 1st 2016

Reform in the UK Around the Handling of Sexual Violence on Campus

Higher education action group Universities UK and Pinsent Masons law firm have recently released a report providing new guidance to universities in the United Kingdom about handling incidents of sexual violence on campus. The report was prompted by a new influx of rape investigations occurring in the UK that is causing concern to administrators and campus communities.


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Sep, 30th 2016

5 Ideas for Participating in the It’s On Us Week of Action

From October 9th – 15th, It’s On Us is leading the Week of Action movement towards eradicating sexual assault on college campuses. It’s On Us is a dedicated organization that seeks to inform schools and students about what can be done to eliminate sexual assault at higher ed institutions.


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Aug, 18th 2016

How Ontario Universities Can Overcome Their Challenges Managing Sexual Assault

An independent research group funded by the Ontario government has recently released a report titled “The Response to Sexual Violence at Ontario University Campuses”. This report highlighted what the investigators believed contributed to challenges for colleges and universities in Ontario, Canada in preventing sexual assault on their campuses and establishing fair and supportive adjudication processes. These findings include a recommendation for Ontario higher education institutions to urgently act on improving the support for identified victims and protecting other students from facing similar trauma.


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Aug, 16th 2016

Preventing Alcohol-Related Sexual Assault on Campus

It’s an undisputed reality that the majority of sexual assaults that occur on college campuses involve alcohol. In most cases, either the assailant has consumed alcohol, the victim has, or both. The results of any sexual assault on campus are devastating to a campus community, and preventing alcohol abuse on campus could have a huge impact on the prevalence of sexual assault overall.


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Aug, 9th 2016

What’s Behind Student Infractions?

One of the most difficult parts of a student affairs professional’s job is addressing student infractions. While college is a time of experimentation and exploration, higher education professionals are responsible for maintaining boundaries that keep students (and the campus community) safe and focused. When student conduct violates your policies, it’s critical to apply consequences fairly and do whatever you can to redirect that student’s behavior. Often, one infraction and trip to the Dean of Student’s office is enough to get a student back on the right track. Sometimes, however, there are deeper issues at play. How do you know when an infraction is a symptom of a larger issue that needs to be addressed?


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: Jun, 20th 2016

Educating Your Students on Consent

In light of recent events that have raised some serious concern about consent on higher ed campuses, it’s more critical now than ever to ensure that your students are fully informed about the proper rules and guidelines of consent. The results of a sexual assault occurring at a school can be devastating; the primary concern is, of course, always the students and the overshadowing fear they’ll be left with after such an incident occurs. The number one priority of any college or university should be protecting students from having to suffer from such a devastating blow to their sense of personal security.


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By Alana Ripy in Student Conduct posted: May, 25th 2016

Understanding May 2016 ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter

If you’re in the world of higher ed, you may have already heard about the latest “Dear Colleague” letter that was released by the U.S. Department of Justice on May 13th. The letter does not disclose anything new about Title IX, but it does re-emphasize some critical points that some schools may not still fully understand.


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