Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy

Updated January 2 2017

  1. Policy Application

The International Academy Health Education community (IAHE) includes the International Academy of Massage, the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences, the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the International Academy of Health Education Inc.


The Policy applies to all members of the International Academy Health Education community as defined, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, contract service providers, contractors, officers, directors and individuals who are directly connected to any of International Academy Health Education’s initiatives, operations, volunteers and visitors.


  1. The Scope


The Policy applies to complaints of sexual violence that have  occurred at International Academy Health Education’s facility or at an IAHE event or offsite activity and involves members of the International Academy Health Education community as defined in paragraph one, the Policy Application.


  1. Purpose and Intent


All members of the International Academy Health Education community have a right to study and work in an environment free of sexual violence.


This document sets out IAHE’s policy on sexual violence, defines the prohibited behaviours, and outlines the investigative processes for sexual violence.


  1. Policy Objectives


International Academy Health Education is committed to providing members of its community an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating those individuals who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.


To that end International Academy Health Education will educate faculty, staff and students about this Policy and how to identify situations that involve, or could progress into sexual violence and how to reduce these forms of prohibited behaviours.


Where a complaint has been made of sexual violence, under this Policy the International Academy Health Education will take all reasonable steps to investigate it, including as follows:

  • responding promptly to any complaint and providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation;
  • assisting those who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care;
  • providing those who have experienced sexual violence with appropriate academic and other accommodation;
  • providing those who have experienced sexual violence with information about reporting options; and
  • providing on-campus investigation procedures for sexual violence complaints.
  1. Definition of Sexual Violence

This Policy prohibits sexual violence which means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened  or  attempted  against  a  person  without  the  person’s  consent,  and  includes sexual  assault,  sexual  harassment,  stalking,  indecent  exposure,  voyeurism  and  sexual exploitation.


  1. Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence


All members of the International Academy Health Education community will take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual violence at the IAHE facility or at IAHE events and report immediately to the Academy Principal or to the International Academy of Massage Program Director if they are subject to, witness or have knowledge of sexual violence, or have reason to believe that sexual violence has occurred or may occur.


Subject to section 7 below, to the extent it is possible, the Academy Principal and International Academy of Massage Program Director will attempt to keep all information disclosed confidential except in those circumstances it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others in the International Academy Health Education community are at risk.


IAHE recognizes the right of the complainant to determine whether her or his complaint will be dealt with by the police and/or internally by IAHE. However, in certain circumstances, International Academy Health Education may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent, if it believes the safety of members of its community is at risk.


A formal report of an incident of sexual violence is not necessary to access supports, services or accommodations.


  1. Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence


A complaint of sexual violence may be filed under this Policy, by any member of the International Academy Health Education community, to the Academy Principal or International Academy of Massage Program Director in writing.  The complaint should be addressed to:


Academy Principal                                                                 or           Program Director

International Academy Health Education                                International Academy of Massage

Room # 1                                                                                                    Room # 1

380 Forest Street                                                                                   380 Forest Street

Ottawa, ON K2B 8E6                                                                            Ottawa, ON K2B 8E6


Upon a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made the Academy Principal or International Academy of Massage Program Director will initiate an investigation, including as follows:

  • determining whether the incident should be referred immediately to police;
  • meeting with the complainant to determine the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;
  • interviewing the complainant, any person involved in the incident and any identified witnesses;
  • interviewing any other person who may have knowledge of incidents related to the complaint or any other similar incidents;
  • informing the respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations;
  • providing reasonable updates to the complainant and the respondent about the status of the investigation; and
  • determining what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken.
  1. Disciplinary Measures


If it is determined by International Academy Health Education that a member of its community has been involved in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken, which may include termination of employment , contract, or expulsion.


In cases where criminal proceedings are initiated, International Academy Health Education will assist police agencies, lawyers, insurance companies, and courts to the fullest extent.


Where criminal and/or civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence, International Academy Health Education may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures.


  1. Making False Statements


It is a violation of this Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint. Individuals who violate this Policy are subject to disciplinary and / or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.


  1. Reprisal


It is a violation of this Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant, acting in good faith, who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or, otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation process.


  1. Review

This policy will be reviewed by December 2018 for necessary additions and amendments. It may also be revised from time to time based upon the final revisions to Bill132 and as policies may be issued by the Superintendent for the Ministry of Universities, Colleges and Private Career Colleges, PC Branch.



Appendix 1 lists provincial rape crisis centres which could be provided as resources.



Appendix 1


Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres in Ontario



Assaulted Women’s Helpline

Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511

#SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile

TTY: 416-364-8762




Telephone toll-free: 1-877-336-2433

ATS: 1 866 860-7082


Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women. To locate the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre nearest you, follow this link.




Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia


Huronia Transition Homes operates La Maison Rosewood Shelter (Midland) & Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre

24 hour crisis line:

Barrie: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799

Midland: 705-526-4211 or 1-800-461-175

Office: 705-526-3221



Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District

Toll-Free: 1-877-544-6424

Office: 613-967-6300



Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services

Parry Sound District Office

Office: (705) 774-9083 or 1-877-851-6662

Muskoka District Office

Office: (705) 646-2122 or 1-877-406-1268



Sexual Assault Centre of Brantford

Crisis: 519-751-3471

Office: 519-751-1164



Assault Response & Care Centre

Office: (613) 345-3881 or 1-800-567-7415



Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

24 Hour Crisis Line:  519-354-8688

Office/TTY:  519-354-8908



Sexual Assault Support Services for Women


Iethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter

Akwasasne Family Violence Program

24 Hour Crisis: 1-800-480-4208

Phone: 613-937-4322’s-shelter


Durham Region

Durham Rape Crisis Centre

Crisis: 905-668-9200

Office: 905-444.9672



Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County

24 hour crisis: 1-800-663-3060

Office: 613-735-5551



Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

Crisis: 519-836-5710


Office: 519-823-5806



Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area)

Crisis: (905) 525-4162

Office (905) 525-4573

TTY: 905-525-4592



Kenora Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis: (807) 468-7233 or 1-800-565-6161

Office: (807) 468-7958



Sexual Assault Centre Kingston

Crisis: 613-544-6424 or 1-877-544-6424

Office: 613-545-0762



Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

Crisis: 519.741.8633

Office: 519.571.0121



Sexual Assault Centre London

Crisis: 519-438-2272

Office 519-439-0844

TTY: 519-439-0690


London Abused Women’s Centre

Office: 519-432-2204



Peel Region

Hope 24/7 (formerly the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel)


Office: (905) 792-0821



Women’s Support Network of York Region

Crisis: 1-800-263-6734 or 905-895-6734

Office: (905) 895-3646


North Bay

Amelia Rising Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Nippising/centre d’aggressions sexuelles de nippising

Crisis: 705-476-3355

Office: 705-840-2403

TTY: (705) 840-5877



Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton

Crisis: 905-875-1555 or 1-877-268-8416

Office: 905-825-3622



Family Transition Place

Crisis: 1-800-265-9178

Office: 519-942-4122



Sexual Assault Support Centre

Crisis: 613-234-2266

Phone:  613-725-2160

TTY:  613-725-1657 


Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

Crisis: 613-562-2333

Office: 613-562-2334


Peterborough & Kawarthas

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis: (705) 741- 0260 or 1-866-298-7778

Office/TTY: (705) 741-0260


YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

Crisis: 1-800-461-7656

Office: 705.743.3526 x 130


Sault Ste Marie

Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc.

Crisis: 705-759-1230 or 1-877-759-1230



Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton

Crisis: 519 337-3320 or 1-888-231-0536

Office: (519) 337-3154



Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Service

Crisis: 1-800-265-8076

TTY: 1-800-815-6419

Office: 519-426-8048


St. Catherines

Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis:  (905) 682-4584

Office:  (905) 682-7258


Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis and Counselling Centre

Office: (807) 345-0894 or 1-866-311-5927



Timmins and Area Women in Crisis

Crisis: 1-877-268-8380 (sexual assault)

Crisis: 1-855-827-7233 (shelter)

Office: (705) 268-8381



Oasis Centre des Femmes

Téléphone : 416-591-6565

Courriel :


Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape

Crisis: 416-597-8808

Office: 416-597-1171



Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County

Crisis: 519-253-9667



Domestic Abuse Services Oxford

Crisis: 519 539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938