Confidentiality, Control and Consent

At times, people are hesitant to report sexual harassment and sexual assault for various reasons. The Sexual Harassment Office works to break down these barriers and one of our most important strategies in doing so, is letting everyone know about the 'triple C's'. These refer to confidentiality, control, and consent of your information.

Confidentiality - confidentiality is very important at the Sexual Harassment Office. We respect the confidentiality of all persons involved and keep non-identifying information for statistical purposes. Legal and ethical guidelines exist that place limits on confidentiality if there is a concern of harm to self or others. Because of this, there are certain circumstances when we may have to break confidentiality if there is a safety risk to self or others.

Control - the control of the process remains with the individual who brings a complaint forward. If you, as the complainant, choose to seek support from our office but do not wish to evoke policy, that is your choice. As another example, if you do wish to evoke policy, you remain in control of whether you proceed with a formal or informal resolution request. The Sexual Harassment Advisor will provide advice, guidance, and support however the control remains with you.

Consent - at times it may be helpful to share your information, for example to facilitate a referral to another resource for you or to look into a request for interim accomodation on your behalf. It is vital that you know this will not happen without your consent. If there is a reason to share your information, we will discuss this with you and if you consent to this happening we will review a consent form with you and ask you to sign it, at the same time making it clear how you can revoke this consent should you change your mind.