Sexual Violence and Misconduct

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At the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) we are committed to providing and maintaining a safe and secure learning and working environment where all individuals are free from any form of violence or threat of violence, including sexual violence and misconduct. 

BCIT does not condone or tolerate any form of sexual violence and misconduct.

This web page is designed to provide information about sexual violence and misconduct, resources and relevant Institute policies.

What is sexual violence and misconduct?

Sexual Violence and Misconduct: any sexual act or act targeting a person's sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, which is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person's consent and including but not limited to:
  • sexual assault;
  • sexual exploitation;
  • sexual harassment;
  • stalking;
  • indecent exposure;
  • voyeurism;
  • the distribution of a sexually explicit photograph or video of a person to one or more persons other than the person in the photograph or video without the consent of the person in the photograph or video.

Learn more about sexual assault and some of the common related myths and facts.

What is consent?

Consent is an active, direct, voluntary, and conscious choice and agreement between adults to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of the initiator of sexual activity to obtain consent at all stages of sexual engagement. 

Read more about consent and steps every one of us can take to end sexual violence and misconduct.

Get help - If you have experience sexual violence and misconduct

BCIT is committed to working with individuals who have experienced sexual violence and misconduct to ensure that they are provided with the support and resources they need. BCIT recognizes the traumatic effects of sexual violence and misconduct and encourages the efforts of individuals to seek support and recover.  

Get help

Give support - Resources for friends, family and the BCIT community

If someone discloses a sexual violence and misconduct to you, the role that you play can be critical.

Learn more about some of the things that you can do to help and support those who have experienced sexual violence and misconduct.

What each of us can do to end sexual violence and misconduct in our communities?

Each of us has a role to play in ensuring that sexual violence and misconduct does not occur in our communities. Prevention is the responsibility of everyone. 

Find strategies that you can apply to support an end to sexual violence and misconduct in our communities.

What are the BCIT policies relating to sexual assault?

In March 2017, following input from the BCIT Community and an extensive review of best practices, BCIT released Institute Policy 7103 – Sexual Violence and Misconduct and Institute Procedure 7103-PR1 – Response to Sexual Violence and Misconduct.

Learn more about these documents and access them online.