Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy Students Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to about what happened to me.

You can contact a counsellor in Student Affairs or contact a Human Rights Advisor, there are counsellors and Advisors on each campus. If you live in residence you can talk with your resident assistant.

Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Team:

TTY* (TeleTYpewriter) Number: 1-877-515-5559

Office Locations:

  • St. James Office: 200 King St. E, 1st floor, room 126  200 King St. E, Room 423A
  • Casa Loma Office:  500 MacPherson Avenue, 1st floor, room 102
  • Waterfront campus: Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences, 51 Dockside Drive, Room 230

Security Team:

Security Emergency Line: 416-415-4000, or 0 from a George Brown College internal Cisco phone

  • Stoyan Boganov, St. James Investigator - 416 415 5000 ext. 6343
  • Casa Loma Investigator, 416 415 5000 ext. 6977
  • Melissa Maharaj, Waterfront Investigator, 416 415 5000 ext.6531

Office Locations:

  • St. James Campus - 200 King Street East Toronto and other buildings (416-415-5000 ext. 2773)
  • Casa Loma Campus - 146 Kendal Ave. Toronto and other buildings (416-415-5000 ext. 4010)
  • Waterfront Campus - Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences, 51 Dockside Avenue Toronto (416-415-5000 ext. 5526 or 5527)

What will happen to the person who assaulted me?

Our first priority is your security.

First, security staff will provide you with a personal protection plan to ensure your safety. 

Secondly, college staff will follow official procedure and help you report the incident to the police. The police will perform a criminal investigation on the individual.  Campus security will also conduct an investigation to ensure all legal and policy obligations are met.

Choosing to speak to the police will be entirely up to, but if you decide to do so, we will ensure you have a Human Rights Advisor and or Security with you, so you are not alone.

Will the person that assaulted me be allowed to keep attending school?  Who determines that and how will I be protected?

Our first priority is your security.

First, security staff will provide you with a personal protection plan to ensure your safety. 

Depending on the nature of the complaint and the investigation, the alleged offender may face. The determination of the consequences for the alleged offender will be determined by the Student Disciplinary Policy and/or Human Resources in the case of an employee.

Will my teachers or peers find out what happened to me? What privacy do I have?

We understand that confidentiality is particularly important to those who disclose sexual violence. The confidentiality of all persons involved in a report of sexual violence will be strictly observed, and we will do our best to respect your privacy and that of all parties involved. See section on confidentiality in the Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence Policy. {Insert link}

What if I need to take time off school? Will I be accommodated?

The Human Rights Advisor and your Chair will work to ensure that whatever accommodations you need during this time are put in place.

What if a decision is made by my Chair or the Human Rights office that I don’t feel goes far enough to support me?  Who do I turn to then?

If a decision is made that you are not comfortable with, you are able to appeal it. The appeal process can start with your Academic Chair, Dean or Associate Dean.

Do I have to tell somebody?

You do not have to disclose but, the college staff encourages you to tell someone what happened so we can  support you and ensure your safety.

Will I have to talk to the police after talking to the person at George Brown?

Choosing to speak to the police will be entirely up to you, but if you decide to do so, we will ensure you have a Human Rights Advisor with you so you are not alone.

My friend has disclosed to me about a sexual assault. What do I tell them?

Give your friend support and if they are willing, accompany them to either see a counsellor in Student Affairs or a Human Rights Advisor.

Will someone keep me informed as to the whereabouts of the person who assaulted me or what is going to happen to him or her?

The human rights advisor who is supporting you is your case manager. They will ensure you are up to date on matters related to your complaint and will check in with you to make sure you are feeling safe.

There was a student event that occurred on the weekend, off-campus, and a sexual assault occurred.   Is there someone from the college I can call to help them?

 Yes. You can connect with Security, a Human Rights Advisor or a Counsellor.

I was told there was a security plan for me, but I wasn’t told exactly what it was.  Do I have the right to know?

Yes. A safety plan will be designed for you together with the help of the security team and a human rights advisor.

I have been accused of sexual violence. Whom can I speak with and what are my options?

You can contact a counsellor in Student Affairs or contact a Human Rights Advisor, there are counsellors and Advisors on each campus. If you live in residence you can talk with your resident assistant.

*TTY is a special device that lets people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate, by allowing them to type text messages. A TTY is required at both ends of the conversation in order to communicate. It can be used with both land lines and cell phones.