A Message from the Provost

A Message from the Provost and Vice-President of Academic and Research

Nipissing University is dedicated to providing an experience in which our students can thrive academically, socially and culturally in order to reach their full potential. To that end, the university strives to create an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, where students, staff, faculty and community members are safe and feel secure.

At Nipissing University we take matters of sexual violence with the utmost seriousness and deeply value any conversation about how we can work together to prevent sexual violence and improve campus safety.

Nipissing’s Sexual Violence Prevention Support and Response Policy for Students addresses sexual assault and harassment. As well the university employs a number of professionals who work to provide education and training related to the prevention of sexual assault and harassment.

It is important that everyone at Nipissing realize and understand the range of options and resources available should they need support following an assault or have safety requirements while on campus. Below is a list of resources and information available at Nipissing University.


Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research

Our Principles

(The following have been taken from the Ontario Women’s Directorate guidelines)

"No person shall commit an act of sexual violence against any other person or threaten another person with sexual violence. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism, degrading sexual imagery, distribution of sexual images or video without consent, cyber harassment and cyber stalking."

  1. Survivors will be believed and respected as the final decision-makers about their own best interests.
  2. We respect the choices of survivors as to what and how much they disclose about their experience.
  3. We will strive to provide academic accommodations to support the survivor.
  4. There is a formal procedure for responding to incidents of sexual violence.
  5. The institution will engage in public education and prevention activities.
  6. The statement applies to everyone who lives, works or studies on campus.

Statement of Survivors Rights

(The following has been taken from the Ontario Women’s Directorate guidelines)

Survivors have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, to be believed, to be informed on- and off-campus services and resources, to decide whether or not to access available services and to choose those services they feel will be most beneficial, to decide whether to report to campus security and/or local police, to have an on-campus investigation with the institution’s full co-operation, to have a safety plan, and to have reasonable and necessary actions taken to prevent further unwanted contact with the alleged perpetrator(s).

Nipissing University Supports Survivors 

Nipissing University is committed to supporting survivors in making their own decisions about what is right for them. Survivors have the right to decide what the best next steps are and how much they would like to share when disclosing their experience. 

If you have experienced sexual violence, received a disclosure, or are wanting to know more about sexual violence prevention and education at Nipissing you can contact the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator by email svsupport@nipissingu.ca or by phone at 705-474-3450 ext. 4075.


Please note that all external links and resources posted on the Consent Belongs Here website are not meant to replace face-to-face consultation with, or diagnoses by, qualified professionals, nor are they meant to be "on-line counselling." The listing of external sites does not imply that Nipissing University or its staff endorse all of the information located there. We cannot guarantee that all information on each site is accurate or complete. The resources and guidelines offered on this site are suggestions only, and do not substitute for consultation with a qualified Mental Health or Medical Professional.

By using these resources or ​external links, you must agree to not hold the websites themselves, their staff or partners, or Nipissing University staff liable, or make any claims of damages of any kind, including claims of damages based on action taken by you related to the information contained on the respective websites.

Your use of these websites constitutes your agreement to the above terms.​​