Consent Comes First has created two e-learning courses for Toronto Metropolitan community members to learn about addressing and preventing sexual violence.
This is How We Take Care of Each Other: Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus E-Learning Course for First-Year Students
All first-year undergraduate students are urged to participate in the e-learning module This is How We Take Care of Each Other: Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus. The Ontario government has mandated post-secondary institutions to make training on sexual violence and consent accessible to all students. The module takes approximately 45 minutes. Give yourself time to take a break, drink some water, or resume it at another time.
The module was created by Consent Comes First in consultation with community partners including the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, Office of the Vice-Provost Students; Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union; Continuing Education Students' Association of Toronto Metropolitan.
The course is an opportunity to recognize that creating a culture of consent on campus to prevent sexual violence is everyone’s responsibility. It provides important information on relationships, consent, intervening to prevent harm and support services if you have been affected by sexual violence. Every year, since 2018, 10,000 students have taken the course. The course is optional - it is not mandatory and it does not impact a student's grades.
Creating a culture of consent on campus to prevent sexual violence is everyone’s responsibility. We can do this by talking about relationships and consent, being prepared to support people when they disclose they have been affected by sexual violence and intervening in situations that could lead to harm. At Toronto Metropolitan University, consent comes first in all relationships – with your peers, staff, community members.
Building a Campus Where Consent Comes First: Understanding Toronto Metropolitan's Sexual Violence Policy Employee E-Learning Course
Building a Campus Where Consent Comes First: Understanding Toronto Metropollitan Sexual Violence Policy employee e-learning module was launched in Spring 2021. Created by Consent Comes First in collaboration with community partners including Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion including Human Rights Services; Office of the Vice-Provost Students; Human Resources; Vice-Provost Faculty Affairs; Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union; Continuing Education Students' Association of Toronto Metropolitan; Toronto Metropolitan employee unions including OPSEU, CUPE 3904, CUPE 233 and the RFA. The goals of the course include:
- Learn about the Toronto Metropolitan Sexual Violence Policy and how it applies to you, your supervisor and your employer;
- Understand the definitions and impacts of sexual violence and sexual harassment;
- Understand your role and responsibility as a Toronto Metropolitan community member under the Sexual Violence Policy and the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act; and
- Be better equipped to support someone when
- Be better equipped to support someone when they disclose sexual violence.