Student investigations

If you have decided to file a report of sexual violence with SFU through policy GP-44, and the Respondent (person/s you allege caused you harm) is a student, the following process will begin after you submit your report with the SVSPO. For information on that process, please see your disclosures and reports.

Please note that this flow chart is designed to be a general guide to the process of reporting sexual violence where the Respondent is a student. If you have further questions or concerns regarding the process we invite you to connect with the SVSPO to learn more.

SVSPO provides your report to the Conduct Office. This office will review the report to determine if an investigation will occur.  The office may reach out to you for further information, if needed, to help make that decision.

SVSPO provides your report to the individual overseeing the Respondent, or best suited to oversee the process under the Respondent’s collective or association agreement (GP-44, 8.5.b.ii). This individual will review the report to determine if an investigation will occur. This individual

  1. No Investigation
    It may be found that the behaviour reported is not a violation of GP-44, or that it falls outside the jurisdiction of the policy.
  2. Investigation
    If it is decided that the described behaviour violates policy GP-44, an investigator will be assigned to your report. The respondent will be given notice that you have filed a report.
    1. Investigation Report
      At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will compile a report which will be used by SFU to determine if a violation of policy has occurred.
      1. No finding of violation of SFU policy. If no violation is found you still have access to supports and services through the SVSPO.
      2. Finding of violation of SFU policy.
        If a finding of violation of policy is found, the University will take disciplinary action as it deems appropriate.  Due to protection of privacy and confidentiality you will be informed if there was a breach of the policy and any consequences that affect your health or safety (GP-44, 11.3.a).
        1. If discipline is imposed, an appeal procedure may begin. You may be asked to participate in this process.

No investigation

It may be found that the behaviour reported is not a violation of GP-44, or that it falls outside the jurisdiction of the policy.

Investigation

If it is decided that the described behaviour violates policy GP-44, an investigator will be assigned to your report. The respondent will be given notice that you have filed a report.

Finding of violation of SFU policy

If a finding of violation of policy is found, the University will take disciplinary action as it deems appropriate.  Due to protection of privacy and confidentiality you will be informed if there was a breach of the policy and any consequences that affect your health or safety (GP-44, 11.3.a).

Investigation Report

At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will compile a report which will be used by SFU to determine if a violation of policy has occurred.

If discipline is imposed, an appeal procedure may begin. You may be asked to participate in this process.

No finding of violation of SFU policy. If no violation is found you still have access to supports and services through the SVSPO.