Sexual and gender-based violence (S&GBV) is a serious and complicated reality both on and off university campuses. S&GBV is not tolerated at the University of Guelph and our Residence Life team in collaboration with Student Wellness Services is dedicated to providing education and supports related to S&GBV.
S&GBV Supports at the University of Guelph:
When someone experiences S&GBV, our Residence Life Staff Team is trained in providing immediate support and connecting survivors with appropriate resources. We provide a safe and non-judgmental space for students to receive the support they need.
During Orientation Week, our “Can I Kiss You?” event sets the standard: S&GBV will not be tolerated, active and enthusiastic consent is imperative, and Gryphons look out for each other and stand up to S&GBV when they see it happening. Additionally, Residence Life Staff facilitate activities planned as part of our campus-wide S&GBV prevention initiatives throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.
For more information,, visit the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support and Education | Student Wellness (uoguelph.ca) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consent: It’s as Simple as “I’M SAFE”
• Informed: there needs to be a clear and honest understanding of what someone is consenting to.
• Moment to moment (reversible): people can change their mind, want to stop, and withdraw consent at any time.
• Specific: to a certain act, and at any given time. Just because someone consented before, doesn't mean they consent now.
• Awake and Aware: consent cannot be given if someone is unconscious, asleep, excessively intoxicated, or incapacitated
• Freely given: no pressure, no coercion, and without a power imbalance.
• Enthusiastic: clear, excited, and unmistakable.
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