Step by Step
1. The College gets a report and begins the investigation process
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2. The College offers supports to everyone involved during the process
3. The College assesses the immediate risk to the Complainant and College community:
a. If the College determines that there is immediate risk, the College will take action to reduce or remove the risk
b. The College will continue to asses risk as details become available during the process
4. The College will tell the Respondent that a report has been made, with full details of the Allegation
5. The College will speak to everyone involved and to any witnesses. The College will speak to people in the following order:
b. Complainant’s witnesses (if applicable)
d. Respondent’s witnesses
6. The College will get any other evidence when it becomes available during the process
7. The College will review all of the information and make a Finding
a. If there is Sufficient Evidence to Support the Allegation:
i. a recommendation for sanctions is submitted to the Director, Learner Success Services
ii. the Complainant and Respondent are told of the finding and sanctions
iii. the investigation is complete
b. If there is Insufficient Evidence to Support the Allegation:
i. the Complainant and Respondent are told of the finding
ii. the investigation is complete
Investigation: The actions that the College will take when they get a report.
Complainant: Someone who makes a formal report to Bow Valley College. This may be the person who experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault. It may also be someone who witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault.
Respondent: Someone who has been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault.
Allegation: The harmful behaviour that the Complainant says happened. An allegation is a statement that has not been proven.
Finding: What the College determines is more likely to have happened. The finding is made after the investigation.
Sufficient Evidence to Support Allegation: This is a Finding that says it is more likely that the Respondent engaged in the harmful behaviour.
Insufficient Evidence to Support Allegation: This is the Finding that says it is more likely that the Respondent did not engage in the harmful behaviour or there is not enough evidence find out who.
Sanction: What will happen to the Respondent if there is Sufficient Evidence to Support the Allegation.