Dawson Policy on Sexual Violence, the DSU will ensure that all members of its Executive Committee (DSU Executive) and employees participate in a mandatory training session on the prevention of Sexual Violence.

The DSU ensures that all contracts with external parties for sponsorship or advertising purposes respect college policies and procedures.

The Union supports and encourages the development of typical elements of harassment complaint procedures between institutions. Confidentiality of the complainant; a response period that is respectful of students and staff; and the recognition of power imbalances that occur due to race, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic class, and position of influence and, therefore a need for an advocacy procedure for the complainant.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual attention, sexual solicitation or other sexually oriented remarks or behaviour; sexual harassment may be psychological or physical. One incident, or the aggregation of a series of incidents, may constitute sexual harassment. Although sexual harassment is generally directed towards women, both men and women can be harassed by members of either sex.

The Union does not tolerate sexual harassment or harassment of any form.

The Union shall engage in various campaigns to promote equality for queer students. The Union recognizes the fluidity of sexuality and rejects the constructed categorizations of both gender and sex, which have been imposed by heterosexist culture. The Union also recognizes that the designated identities do not adequately represent the community’s diversity. The Union supports amendments to any Human Rights legislation that proposes the inclusion of sexual orientation as an area of prohibited grounds for discrimination. The Union supports students’ right, regardless of sexual orientation, to associate consistently with principles they establish, as opposed to regulations set by external bodies. The Union supports the autonomy of campus community radio in its right to queer content in its programming. Discrimination The Union supports the inclusion of sexual orientation as prohibited grounds for discrimination in organizations, businesses, governments, and all areas of academic life. The Union opposes discrimination against queer faculty, including denial of tenure based on sexual orientation;

Homophobia and Heterosexism

The Union recognizes that homophobia and heterosexism in all their forms, including personal, institutional and cultural, create an environment on campuses which presents a barrier to access. The Union recognizes that a homophobic climate and homophobic violence create a hostile environment on campuses, which fosters homophobic violence and is a deterrent to accessible education.