If you are a member of the McGill community, there are specific resources that may be of interest to you.
What is the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE)?
The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education is a McGill University office that provides confidential, non-judgemental and non-directional support and education to McGill students, faculty and staff of all genders who have been impacted by sexual violence.
The office is committed to working towards the prevention of sexual and gender based violence while fostering a culture of consent at McGill. It was created in 2016 under the Office of the Dean of Students, as a result of the new McGill Policy Against Sexual Violence.
What is the difference between SACOMSS and OSVRSE?
Both SACOMSS and OSVRSE offer support services to individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence. We both offer confidential, non-judgemental, non-directional, free services. Both of our organizations strive to be pro-survivor, feminist, and anti-oppressive.
For more information, please view the differences in the services SACOMSS and OSVRSE offer below:
|Open to the general public and provide support to survivors, their peers, and their allies. Our services are open to people of all genders and are currently offered in English only, although we have some volunteers who speak French as well.
|Open to McGill students, staff, and faculty who have been impacted by sexual violence. Their services are also open to people of all genders. Services are offered in both English and French.
Some services are identity specific (ie. female-identified).
|We offer support over the phone, hours ranging from 12PM to 12AM– as of October 30th, 2023, we will guarantee a slot from 3-6PM every day during the school year, exceptions being during exam season and school breaks; we sometimes have reduced hours as we are a volunteer service. Please check our weekly schedule here for detailed hours.
|Hours located on their website.
|Our office is located in B-27 (basement) of the SSMU building.
|Located off-campus at 550 Sherbrooke O. Suite 585 (West Tower elevators 1-11). The office is wheelchair accessible. OSVRSE also offers services on McGill Macdonald Campus.
|Volunteer-run or professional
|All services are offered by trained volunteers, many of whom are community members. We are not professionals. Our support comes in the form of facilitated support groups, active-listening, resource referrals, reporting information, and accompaniment. We are a SSMU service, meaning we operate under the umbrella of the McGill Student Union.
|Operated by full time staff, including professional social workers. They offer crisis intervention, short term crisis counseling, referrals, survivor support activities, support groups, reporting information, and accompaniment. They are an office within McGill University under the Office of the Dean of Students.
|Advocacy Branch volunteers are trained to assist and support individuals who are interested in reporting sexual violence at McGill or filing a complaint under a McGill policy. In addition, they are knowledgeable about support and accommodations that are available.
They can accompany survivors throughout the entire Sexual Violence Policy reporting process.
|OSVRSE staff members can assist in securing administrative accommodations after a disclosure of sexual violence. They can also facilitate initial contact with the investigator of the reporting procedure under the Sexual Violence Policy. However, they cannot accompany survivors to to these meetings.
Office of Mediation and Reporting (OMR)
McGill’s Office of Mediation and Reporting is where you can file a report under McGill’s Policy Against Sexual Violence and Policy on Harassment and Discrimination. If you would like a consultation through the OMR to learn your options, you can schedule an appointment here.
McGill Related Policies
Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Policies
For the McGill Community, the resource flow chart may be helpful. For more information, a Know Your Rights pamphlet is available here.