Welcome to the Sexual Harassment Information Site
The Sexual Harassment Office of Memorial University of Newfoundland provides the latest information on sexual harassment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Like most progressive educational institutions, Memorial University has a Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure and is committed to the creation of a campus environment that is respectful and inclusive - and thus free of sexual harassment.
The Sexual Harassment Policy, The University-Wide Procedures for Sexual Harassment Concerns and Complaints, and the availability of the Sexual Harassment Advisor, clearly indicate that sexual harassment will not be tolerated at Memorial University.
As students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus - this is our right.
If you want to learn more, please contact the Sexual Harassment Advisor at 864-2015 or the Sexual Harassment Office at 864-8199.
We are located in the Earth Sciences building, room ER-6039.
Sexual Harassment Office News
December 6 Vigil 2012
The Sexual Harassment Office and December 6 Vigil Planning Committee invite all students, faculty, staff of Memorial and members of the St John's community to attend the December 6th Vigil. The Vigil is held each year in remembrance of the Montreal Massacre and in recognition of Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women
Thursday, Dec. 6th, 2012
SJ Carew (Engineering) Building, Room 2006
Memorial University of Newfoundland
MC: Dr. Jennifer Connor, Faculty of Medicine
Guest Speaker: Linda Ross, President/CEO, NL Provincial Advisory Council on
the Status of Women
Candlelight Procession by Memorial University Students
Readings and Dedications
Music performed by the SUNCOR Quartet, School of Music
Free Parking in all areas marked 16 or 16A
Reception to follow
For more information, please call 864-8199.
Sexual Harassment Office Promotes the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Purple Ribbon Campaign
The Sexual Harassment Office is encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to wear a purple lapel ribbon from November 22nd until December 6th - Canada's National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
On December 6th, we remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique and all women who are victims of gender-based violence. The Purple Ribbon Campaign raises awareness and promotes education on the issue of violence against women in Newfoundland and Labrador. Purple Ribbons are available at booth displays across campus or by contacting the Sexual Harassment Office at 864-8199.
November 22nd – 3rd Floor, University Centre, 11am – 2pm
November 28th – Marine Institute, 11:30am – 1:30pm
November 29th – S. J. Carew (Engineering Building) lobby, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Sexual Harassment Education Sessions in the Loft
Once again the Sexual Harassment Office will be offering education and awareness sessions relating to sexual harassment and sexual violence and how such behaviours are handled under the University-Wide Procedures for Sexual Harassment Concerns and Complaints. The sessions are open to all members of the university community and will occur daily in during the week of October 29 to November 2.
Location: the Loft, University Centre Room 3013
Monday Oct 29 at 4pm
Tuesday Oct 30 from 12 to 2pm
Wednesday Oct 31 from 3-5pm
Thursday Nov 1 from 12-2pm
Friday Nov 2 from 2-4pm
Sisters in Spirit Vigil, October 4th, 2012
The Landing (UC, 3018), 12 noon
The Sexual Harassment Office will host an information booth at the Sisters in Spirit Vigil - A gathering to remember the 600 murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. For more information on Sisters in Spirit, please visit the Native Women's Association of Canada website at http://www.nwac.ca/programs/sis-vigils.
Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2012 presents...
MISS Representation: a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30pm
Innovation Hall (IIC - 2003), Bruneau Centre, Memorial University
Discussion to follow, moderated by Leslie Mcleod, Executive Director of Marguerite's Place.
Presented by The Coaltion Against Violence - Avalon East and Marguerite's Place - St John's Status of Women
Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2012 - September 17 to 21
The Sexual Harassment Office is a proud supporter of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, an annual event organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. Each year, community organizations host events and promote public education and awareness about sexual violence in Newfoundland.
If you have any questions or concerns about sexual violence, please contact the Sexual Harassment Advisor.
Sexual Harassment Office Travels to Grenfell Campus for Orientation Week 2012
The Sexual Harassment Educator travelled to Grenfell Campus on September 6 and 7 to help welcome new and returning students to Grenfell Campus. The Educator hosted two education sessions for students and distributed 150 Sexual Harassment Office notebooks to students, faculty and staff with the Grenfell Campus Student Union.
The Sexual Harassment Office Creates NEW Brochures
The Sexual Harassment Office has created two new brochures for distribution:
The new brochures reflect important information from the Sexual Harassment Policy and University-Wide Procedures for Sexual Harassment Concerns and Complaints.
The Sexual Harassment Board Bids Farewell to Outgoing Chair and Elects New Chair
Cathy Morris, Advisor with the Sexual Harassment Office and members of the Sexual Harassment Board say farewell to Ms. Louise Webb, outgoing Chair. Ms. Webb represented NAPE 7850 on the board since 2006 and held the position of Chair since March of 2009. Ms. Webb retired from the Marine Institute in January 2012.
Ms. Webb was involved in the revision of Memorial's Procedures for Sexual Harassment. The board thanks Ms. Webb for her valuable contribution over the years.
The Board elected Dr. Brenda LeFrançois as the new Chair. Dr. LeFrançois is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. LeFrançois is one of the MUNFA representatives on the Board. "I am pleased to be serving the university community in this way" says Dr. LeFrançois.
Front row (left to right): Brenda LeFrançois, Chair of Board and MUNFA representative; Rhonda White, CUPE 1615; Cathy Morris, Advisor; Deborah Collis, Administration; Valerie Windsor, Secretary.
Back row (left to right): Craig Cramm, LUMUN; Steve Chafe, NAPE 7804; Frank Wall, NAPE 7801; Beverley Preston, NAPE 7801; Patrick Tyler, CUPE 1615; Michael Walsh, MUNSU.
Missing from photo: Gary Peddigrew, Administration; Sharon Warren, Community; Leigh Spanner, GSU; Martha Wells, LUMUN; Robert Kelly, MUNFA; Amber Haighway, MUNSU; Tracy O'Keefe, NAPE 7405; Penny Diamond, NAPE 7803; Paul Hammond, NAPE 7803; Kerry McDonald, NAPE 7850.
Report of the Sexual Harassment Office, 2007 - 2010
If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Sexual Harassment Office, the Report of the Sexual Harassment Office, 2007 - 2010 is now available online.
International Women's Week Calendar of Events, 2012
December 6th Vigil 2011
In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre when fourteen young women were tragically killed at l'Ãƒâ€°cole Polytechnique de MontrÃƒÂ©al because of their gender.
Each year, members of the Newfoundland community gather together for a Vigil at Memorial University to remember December 6, 1989. This year, all are invited to attend the December 6th Vigil on Tuesday, Dec. 6th in Room 2006 in the SJ Carew (Engineering) Building. The Vigil starts at 6:30 and is roughly one hour in length. It is followed by a small reception in the foyer. Free parking is available. For more information, please see December 6 Vigil.
Sexual Harassment Office Travels to Grenfell Campus
On October 4th and 5th 2011, the Sexual Harassment Office hosted four education sessions to faculty and students at Memorial's Grenfell Campus. In collaboration with the Grenfell Campus Student Union, we distributed 200 Sexual Harassment Office water bottles.
The Sexual Harassment Office promotional water bottle campaign is delivered in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' Union and the Sexual Harassment Office. This year, roughly 2,000 water bottles were distributed to first year students on the St. John's Campus and to Grenfell Campus students.
Sexual Harassment Office and Board Members, 2010-2011
Front row (left to right): Deborah Collis, Administration; Elizabeth McCormack, Educator; Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President and Vice-Chancellor; Cathy Morris, Advisor; Meghan McCarthy, MUNSU; Martha Wells, LUMUN.
Back row (left to right): Gary Peddigrew, Administration; Sharon Warren, Community; Louise Webb (Chair), NAPE 7850; Michael Walsh, MUNSU; Alejandro Chavez, TAUMUN; Georgia Skardasi, TAUMUN; Beverley Preston, NAPE 7801; Steve Chafe, NAPE 7804; Ken Hall, NAPE 7850.
Missing from Photo: Mariana Kroll, GSU; Saravana Rejendran, GSU; Amy Hannaford, MISU; Craig Cramm, LUMUN; Robert Kelly, MUNFA; Brenda LeFranÃƒÂ§ois, MUNFA; Tracey OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Keefe, NAPE 7405; Frank Wall, NAPE 7801; Penny Diamond, NAPE 7803; Mike Fewer, NAPE 7803
Board of Regents Adopts New Sexual Harassment Policy
(NEWSLINE) At its meeting on Dec. 9, 2010, the Board of Regents adopted a new Sexual Harassment Policy. This policy has been posted to the university's policy website at www.mun.ca/policy/site/az.php and comes into effect immediately. The University-Wide Procedures for Sexual Harassment Concerns and Complaints is a companion document to the policy and are also effective immediately. The associated implementation and communication plans for the policy are being executed.