No place for sexual violence at VCC

Posted on January 6, 2020



Please note: the following article describes hypothetical instances of sexual violence.

For many Vancouver Community College (VCC) students, a brand new year means new classes, new classmates, and new relationships. This week, to raise awareness about sexual violence on campus and help keep students safe, VCC is taking part in a B.C. Government campaign about sexual consent. 

Read the B.C. Government announcement: No place for sexual violence on campus

What is sexual assault? 

Sexual assault is any sexual contact that happens without the consent of both people. It can range from unwanted sexual touching to forced sexual intercourse and can occur even when people know each other or are married or dating. Sexual assault occurs when someone did not consent to the sexual activity.

The following are examples of situations that would be considered sexual assault and can be reported:

  • Your words or actions indicated that you did not want to have or continue sexual contact, but the sexual contact continued
  • You submitted to sexual contact because someone threatened or used force on you
  • You were not able to give consent to sexual contact (for example, you were drugged, impaired, or have a disability)
  • Someone persuaded you to have sexual contact by using their position of authority or power over you

Get more information at SafeCampus BC.ca

SafeCampus posters

You may notice these posters on VCC campuses this term: 



Help is available

VCC has a strict policy (PDF) and easy-to-understand procedures (PDF) addressing sexual violence. VCC employees are obliged to take reports of sexual violence seriously, offer support, and prioritize confidentiality. We recommend contacting the following departments with questions or to report sexual violence:

VCC Counselling Services
Free, confidential counselling services for VCC students

Phone: 604.871.7000, option 2 or stop by one of the offices
Book online: https://www.vcc.ca/services/services-for-students/counselling/

Building A, Level 4
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pender Street entrance, Level 1
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students’ Union of VCC - Student Advocate 
Assistance for VCC Students who feel they have been treated unfairly by a VCC employee or need assistance with college policies or procedures 

Email: executivedirector@suvcc.ca
Web: http://suvcc.ca

Building A, Room 2662
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 7146

Room 358
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 8467

VCC Arbiter of Student Issues
Helps students resolve conflict or deal with complaints under VCC policies, including issues relating to harassment on campus 

Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 7040
Email: tmarks@vcc.ca
Web: https://www.vcc.ca/services/services-for-students/dispute-resolution

Building A, Student Services area
Room 4017 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

VCC Safety, Security and Risk Management
Emergency phone: 604-871-7000 ext. 4444
Web: https://www.vcc.ca/services/current-students/security--risk-management

Building B, Level 2
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 5020 or 778.783.5020 (Non-Emergency)

Level 2
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 8361 or 604.443.8361 (Non-Emergency)

VCC Human Resources
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 7069 (Director, Human Resources)
Web: http://www.vcc.ca/about/college-information/careers/contact-hr

Building A, 5th floor

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4627
Web: http://www.cupe4627.com
Email: cupe4627@cupe4627.com

Room 3304
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 7043 

Room 942 
Phone: 604.871.7000 ext. 7650 

Vancouver Community College Faculty Association
Phone: 604.688.6210
Web: http://vccfa.ca
Email: info@vccfa.ca
Office: 401 – 402 West Pender Street

Morneau Shepell - Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
24-hour line for VCC employees providing support for any work, health, or life concern
Toll-free: 1.844.880.9142
Web: https://www.workhealthlife.com


For additional supports, information, and services, see VCC’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct procedures, Appendix B.