It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

On March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day, Ontario issued an Action Plan against Sexual Violence and Harassment ( calling, among other things, for increased safety on Ontario’s postsecondary campuses.

Every private career college student who experiences sexual violence or harassment has the right to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. In addition, every student has the right to choose among any available options for addressing incidents of sexual violence or harassment, whether these options are provided on campus or off. Except in extreme situations, where there is an imminent threat to the campus or broader community, the choice of options (including the choice not to exercise any option) always remains with you, the student.

If you experience sexual violence or harassment at the Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design, you may:

  • Request information about any counselling, health services, or other supports that are available from a person at the administration at the Academy;
  • Talk about the incident to a teacher or someone at the administration at the Academy that you feel comfortable with, who will can listen, discuss options, give you the resources available in the community, get you in contact with the proper resources and assist you in meeting with a police officer in a safe and private place for an interview, in complete confidentiality.
  • The following are some organizations in the Community that are available for support and counselling:

    Catholic Family Services of Ottawa (CFSO) – Offers counselling and a support program for victims of sexual abuse. Free of charge.
    310 Olmstead St.,
    Ottawa, ON
    24hr support line 1-866-887-0015

    The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa – Support line, Individual Support, Ritual Abuse Program, Support groups, Accompaniment and Advocacy, Public Education and Awareness.

    Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
    Crisis phone 613-562-2333
    24/7 source of information, assessment, and referral.

    Ottawa Police Services
    474 Elgin Street,
    Ottawa, ON
    Tel: 613-236-1222 X5944 or 911 or Protection Services 613-562-5499

  • Contact the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario; and/or
  • Report the incident to the police.

For information about resources in your community, visit and These websites list services are available throughout Ontario.

Should you witness an incident of sexual violence or harassment at your private career college, you may bring your concerns directly to the attention of the campus administrator or another staff member at the Academy.

As a student at a private career college, you also have a role to play in creating safe campuses measures.

This document is provided for your information and convenience only. It is not a legal document. For further information and the exact wording please refer to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and regulations.

Need More Information?

You can find more detailed information about student protection measures in the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 Facts Sheets, including information about fee refund calculation. All Fact Sheets can be downloaded from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at

If you have questions about the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and regulations, contact the Private Career Colleges Branch at:

Private Career Colleges Branch Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
77 Wellesley Street West Box 977 Toronto (Ontario) M7A 1N3
Telephone : (416) 314-0500 or 1-866-330-3395
Fax : (416) 314-0499
E-mail :


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The full text of the act and regulations can also be downloaded from the Ontario government E-Laws website at:

Sexual Violence is a crime. You can report it now or later, gathering evidence is critical.

A copy of this policy is in the Student’s Guide