Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

      • Capilano University established a Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Violence and Misconduct composed of representatives from across the University community in November 2016. This committee was charged with developing University policy and procedures relating to Sexual Violence and Misconduct. Both the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedures have been approved with input from students, faculty and staff.

        Capilano University is committed to creating and maintaining a learning and working environment characterized by mutual respect, safety, civility and free inquiry. The University does not tolerate or condone behaviour which contributes to a hostile, inequitable or an unsafe learning or working environment.

        All members of the University community have the right to work, teach and study in an environment that is free from all forms of sexual violence and misconduct. Safety and security at the University are top priorities and any form of sexual violence and misconduct will not be tolerated. The University expects all members of the University community to abide by all laws and University policies.

        Capilano University is committed to addressing sexual violence and misconduct through promoting awareness, enhancing understanding and taking measures to prevent and respond reports of sexual violence and misconduct through policy, practice and education.

        What is sexual assault?

        Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact that occurs without ongoing and freely given consent, including the threat of sexual contact without consent. Sexual assault can be committed by a stranger, someone known to the survivor or an intimate partner.

        Sexual assault can include any form of unwanted:

        • touching
        • kissing
        • groping
        • fondling
        • forced sexual intercourse (including oral and anal)
        • attempted forced sexual intercourse


        Consent is an active, direct, voluntary and conscious choice and agreement between adults to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of the person initiating or pursuing sexual activity to obtain consent at all stages of sexual engagement. More specifically, consent:

        • is a freely given “yes”;
        • cannot be assumed or based on a perception that it was implied;
        • cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated (by drugs and/or alcohol), asleep, unconscious, or otherwise incapable of providing consent;
        • can be revoked at any time, regardless of whatever other sexual activities have taken place;
        • can never be obtained through threats, intimidation, coercion or other pressure tactics;
        • cannot be obtained if someone abuses a position of trust, power or authority, and
        • cannot be assumed from previous consent. 

        The following video provides an excellent illustration of consent.

      • University Resources

        North Vancouver Campus
        An appointment can be booked by visiting the office in Birch 267 or by calling 604.984.1744.

        Sunshine Coast Campus
        An appointment can be booked through the receptionist at the front desk, in person, or by calling 604.885.9310.

        Student Affairs and Services
        The Student Affairs and Services office is located at the North Vancouver campus in Birch 260. The manager, Student Affairs and Services, can be reached at 604.983.7531.

        Human Resources
        The Human Resources office is located at the North Vancouver campus in Birch 473. You can contact a Human Resources assistant at 604.986.1911, local 3521 (faculty) or 604.986.1911, local 2098 (staff) to be put in touch with an advisor.

        Campus Security
        North Vancouver Campus
        The Campus Security office is located at the North Vancouver campus in Arbutus 017. You can contact Campus Security by telephone at 604.984.1763 or by email at

        Community Resources

        A 24/7 toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

        Sexual Assault Service
        Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Department

        Women Against Violence Against Women
        604.255.6344 – a 24/7 crisis support service

        SMART (Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team)
        604.583.1295 – a 24/7 crisis support service

        Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
        604.872.8212 – a 24/7 crisis support service

        BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

        Family Services of the North Shore

        Sunshine Coast Community Services
        Victim Services

        Overnight Crisis Line
        Crisis Centre in Vancouver
        Toll Free: 1.866.661.3311

        Crisis Line Daytime (Sunshine Coast only)
        Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

        After Hours Crisis (Sunshine Coast only)
        Monday-Friday 3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Weekends 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

        St. Mary’s Hospital Sechelt

        Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Department

        St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Department

        Burnaby General Hospital

        Surrey Memorial Hospital Emergency Department

        Local police jurisdiction
        Call 911