Sexual Violence can be defined as any sexual act or acts 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.
— The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Prevention, York University

Despite successful student organising and the work of survivors and allies across the country, many students, faculty and staff continue to face individual and systemic discrimination at post-secondary institutions across Ontario. While discrimination is not confined to college and university campuses, overt and covert manifestations that occur on campus, whether in the classroom, lab, library, through institutional policies or at social events, undermines the academic missions of post-secondary institutions

Addressing gender-based oppression and sexual violence and continuing to work provincially to create campuses that are free from all forms of discrimination is essential to creating barrier-free education and safer campuses. Recognizing the unique role that identity plays in sexual violence makes this struggle all the more important.

Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario “Campus Toolkit for Building Consent Culture”

The following documents make up a toolkit for campus-based anti-sexual violence work that has been put together by several students’ union representatives. The toolkit includes a collection of best practices for lobbying efforts, outreach and overall awareness and education on campus.

Member locals of the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario, of which the York Federation of Students is Local 68, identified a need for tools including a provincial database of support organizations and centres, sexual assault policy information, and tips for how to respond when college and university administrations are pushing back against preventing violence and promoting consent.

This toolkit is intended to be an opportunity for students’ unions across Ontario to share with colleagues their experiences on what works when it comes to the ongoing struggle of anti-violence work in the University and College context. The Federation recognizes that there are several organizations whose sole responsibility is violence prevention and survivor support, and it is not our intention to duplicate or replace that ongoing work throughout the province.

If there is any information in this toolkit or on our website that is incorrect or needs to be updated, please contact us at anytime using the contact page of our website.


Are you interested in learning more about sexual violence, and taking action to support survivors? Email to set up an Active Bystander Training for you and your group.

Also, check out this great set of online modules created by the Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Community Services. If you complete all of the modules in the training, you can receive a certificate of completion when registered.  You must register in order to receive the certificate.  Registration is free and your email is never used for any other purpose than to secure you login.  You can review all of the course material without registering, this course is open.