The International Institute of Travel (IIT) aims to educate our teachers, staff, and students that all are entitled to a safe and healthy educational environment, free from sexual violence and harassment. Gender-based discrimination will not be tolerated on campus.
Therefore, gender equality will be a topic in this policy for we accept that if sexual harassment and violence is no longer exist gender equality education must be available to everyone.
Society's misogynistic norms and beliefs about women and girls will have no place in the running of the Institute. IIT will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of gender or sex. Therefore, this policy sets forth our goal of protecting women, men, young people, seniors, newcomers, aboriginal people, visible minorities, and LGBTQ members from sexual violence and harassment by challenging the destructive, pervasive role of misogyny and rape culture. Furthermore, this policy discusses the immediate suspension and expulsion of any student and the immediate termination of employees who unlawfully disrespect a person’s rights or freedoms.
This policy addresses how the Institute will enforce its policies against sexual violence and harassment and how we will respond to complaints. We do not believe in promoting misogynistic values that re-victimize victims. Leniency or understanding will not be given to those who do not respect the dignity and personal rights and freedoms of persons as per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Rape Culture is a culture in which multi-media (radio, television, movies, music, social sites); news stations, politicians, public and social institutions, religious groups, and the general masses condone sexual assault by normalizing or trivializing male sexual violence and by blaming survivors for their own abuse.
Sexual Harassment is a form of discrimination. It is unwanted behaviour that intimidates or causes another person offence or humiliation. This can result in anxiety, shame, and fear which can suppress a person’s talents, skills, and abilities.
Sexual Violence is the abuse of power and control over another person; it is not sexual desire. It is an act of aggression against another person.
Gender Equality is equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities given to women and men, girls and boys. Equality between women and men is a precondition for sustainable people-centered development.
Consent is the voluntary agreement, clearly expressed in words, to engage in sexual activity.
Our Moral, Ethical, and Academic Commitment
A person’s ability to earn a living, contribute in the teaching and research environment, and/or compete for grades and academic opportunities is greatly affected after they’ve been sexually harassed and harassment can lead to violent behavior. That is why we are therefore committed to upholding high standards in education by creating a harassment and violent free space so teachers and students can excel.
We will educate our staff to challenge misogynistic attitudes at the Institute. Our primary goal is to prepare our students for a career.
Anti-Sexual Violence and Harassment Policies
The following conducts are forbidden by the Institute:
- Sex-based requests or demands followed by rewards or threats made explicitly or implicitly regarding a person’s employment, wages, academic grade, promotional opportunities, classroom work assignments or other conditions of employment or academic life;
- Sexual advances and gestures;
- Sexually explicit jokes, recorded voicemail messages, email, downloaded material, references to sexual conduct, and gossip regarding one’s sex life;
- Displaying sexually suggestive objects, graphics, pictures or websites;
- Inquiries and discussions into a person’s sexual experience and/or sexual activities;
- Indecent exposure
- Non-consensual hugging, kissing, patting, pinching, attention, and touching;
- Romantic involvement between supervisors and students or supervisors and subordinates that can impact the abuse of power in the workplace or academic environment;
- Homophobic or transphobic remarks or comments.
Formal Complaint with the College
Students or employees who claim to have been sexually harassed or abused can submit a formal complaint in writing or in person. Whether the complaint is submitted by the complainant themselves or on behalf of the complainant, it should be addressed to the Director of IIT.
Once the Director has received a formal complaint, a meeting will be held with the complainant, accused, and any respective witnesses to investigate if any anti-sexual violence and harassment policies have been broken. Participation is mandatory in order to enforce this policy and our commitment to achieving gender equality, ending sex-based discrimination, and creating a harassment and violent free space.
The Institute will thoroughly investigate each and every formal complaint submitted to the college immediately and recognizes the importance of confidentiality regarding all parties participating in the formal complaint process. We do not allow the blaming of sexual assault survivors and we maintain to give accusers, witnesses, and complainants respect during the investigation process. The Institute will work closely with students or employees to investigate and resolve complaints to ensure their ability to continue work or complete their quality career training.
Formal Complaint with the Government
In addition to making a complaint to the Institute individuals can file a formal complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Contact the Commission in writing or by phone:
- Canadian Human Rights Commission
- 344 Slater Street, 8th Floor
- Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1E1
- FAX: (613) 996-9661
If a claim has been made against an employee or student, they will be suspended until further notice. If an employee or student has been found responsible for said abuse the Institute will expel or terminate the student/employee based on our moral, ethical, and academic commitment to creating a safe and prosperous work and academic space. Similarly, if the complainant purposely made false claims against a student or employee they will be expelled or terminated.