Capilano University is committed to addressing sexual violence through promoting awareness, enhancing understanding and taking measures to prevent and respond to sexual violence as per the Sexual Violence Policy.

Capilano University does not tolerate or condone sexual violence and is committed to creating and maintaining a safe working, learning, and living environment through promoting a culture of consent and respect.

Download Sexual Violence Policy (pdf).

Support we provide

Capilano University is dedicated to supporting survivors and those impacted by sexual violence. Any member of the University community who has experienced sexual violence can access confidential assistance and support, accommodations, referrals and information from the Office of Student Affairs or Human Resources regardless of the time or place at which the sexual violence occurred. We also provide support for those who have caused harm and are looking for a way forward.

Our support services are inclusive of all gender identities and sexualities, including but not limited to queer, trans, non-binary, and 2-Spirit individuals. We recognize that anyone can experience sexual violence, and that anyone can cause harm. When recognizing this, we understand that sexual violence can have many impacts on individuals and communities, and that some groups of people experience sexual violence at higher rates.

For more information regarding your options, check out our Sexual Violence Resources page.

Systems of harm

Social factors such as colonialism, race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, socio-economic status, spirituality, immigration status, and ethnicity play a part of who is targeted for violence. These social factors also mean that people may experience sexual violence differently and may experience barriers to disclosing or reporting harm.

We acknowledge that sexual violence is linked to settler colonialism as a tool of oppression that continues to affect Indigenous women, girls, 2-Spirit people, and queer, trans, and disabled people at disproportionate rates. In response, the University commits to providing prevention and education strategies that are:

Referring to "the process of deconstructing colonial ideologies of the superiority and privilege of Western thought and approaches. A decolonial approach involves valuing and revitalizing Indigenous knowledge and approaches, and rethinking Western biases or assumptions that have impacted Indigenous ways of being."

Citation: Antoine, A., Mason, R., Mason, R., Palahicky, S. & Rodriguez de France, C. (2018). Pulling
Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers. Victoria, BC: BCcampus. Retrieved from

"Accounts for the ways in which a person's lived experiences are shaped by different social positions that can result in privilege and/or oppression (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, dis/ability, or religion)."

Intersectionality provides the understanding that individuals experience harm differently based on their different identities, and therefore also experience different barriers to accessing support. By addressing systemic inequity that causes these issues, we aim to provide support that is more relevant and accessible for individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized.

An approach to creating programs and interventions that center the social, cultural, and historical context of the community or population they are intended to serve.

An approach to creating programming and initiatives that centers the lived experiences and needs of survivors. By taking a trauma and violence informed approach, survivor centered programming aims to increase accessibility and reduce re-traumatization.

"Accounts for the impacts of sexual violence on individuals, families, communities and place, including intergenerational trauma. A trauma and violence informed approach uses that understanding to develop practices that minimize further harm, foster healing and honor strength and resiliency. It also recognizes historical trauma and promotes systemic change rooted in resilience, not re-victimization."

If you would like confidential support navigating on and off campus resources, you can contact disclosures@capilanou.ca for more information. Those who access supports will have the agency to choose what options best support their needs and will be treated with dignity and respect.

Additional support options

Counselling Services

If you're struggling and need someone to talk to, you're not alone. Personal counselling appointments are free and confidential.

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Have questions?

Office of Student Affairs

604 986 1911, ext. 3046
Library Building, room LB116