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This unique and practical program will provide you with the most up-to-date knowledge and strategies you and your institution need to respond – with confidence – to the increasingly complex issue of campus sexual violence.

As a professional working in this area, you must be able to anticipate, provide guidance and adeptly respond to the broad range of challenging issues that can arise in the complex arena that is campus sexual violence.

This program is not an academic review of the legal issues. You will get information, tools, and practical strategies that you can put to immediate use. Over the course of four intensive days, you will acquire key knowledge and best practices from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in Canada.

Using in-depth case studies and working in small groups, you will have the opportunity to reinforce and apply your knowledge – in a zero consequence environment. This interactive learning format will allow you practice learned concepts with expert feedback. You will also be able to share your experience with and learn from peers from across the country.

You will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of key procedural issues: the complaint; interim measures; the investigation; adjudication; alternative resolutions
  • Obtain strategies and best practices for ensuring procedural fairness throughout the process
  • Learn critical terms and concepts including: What is sexual violence? What is “consent”? What is a complaint? Who has standing to file a complaint?
  • Get an in-depth overview of the legal framework – the key legislation and laws that govern campus sexual violence, including Bill 132, the Occupational Health & Safety Act and Human Rights codes
  • Obtain expert guidance on the toxic combination of drugs, alcohol and sexual violence
  • Evaluate investigation reports and learn what you should be looking and asking for
  • Understand how criminal and campus complaints processes intersect
  • Acquire tools for navigating privacy and confidentiality challenges
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with the media and the community, including how to manage the message
  • Understand the range of penalty options, including enforcement


Program Chairs

  • Gillian Hnatiw, Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP
  • Farrah Khan, (she/her) M.S.W, R.S.W., Manager, Consent Comes First – Sexual Violence Education and Support at Ryerson University

Faculty Includes:

  • Giselle Basanta, Senior Legal Counsel, Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors, Ryerson University
  • Carol Bilson, Ph.D. candidacy in Social Dimensions of Health at the University of Victoria, Research: Restorative Processes for those who cause Gender-Based Violence on Campus – Education Coordinator for The Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
  • Joanna Birenbaum, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Danielle Bisnar, Cavalluzzo
  • Karen Busby, Professor, Academic Director of the Centre for Human Rights Research, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
  • David Butt, Barrister, Camden Lane Law Chambers
  • Joanie Cameron Pritchett, Manager, The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education, York University
  • Dean Kelley Castle, Dean of Students Victoria College, University of Toronto
  • Lisa Corrente, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Tiffany O’Hearn Davies, Stockwoods LLP
  • Britney De Costa, Research & Policy Analyst, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
  • Priya Dube, Government and Stakeholder Relations Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
  • Dr. Sheila Embleton, Chief Steward of the York University Faculty Association, former Provost, York University
  • Chris Hackett, Student Conduct Officer, Student Services – Student Conduct & Accountability
  • Dr. Lori Haskell, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Suzanne Johnson, Director of the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP) at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • David R. Karp, PhD., Professor of Sociology, Skidmore College, Director of the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice
  • Myrna McCallum, B.A., LL.B., Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services; Former Director of Investigations, UBC Independent Investigations Office
  • Sheila Macdonald, MN, Director, Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
  • Sean Mallen, Sean Mallen Communications
  • Jodi Martin, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Marcelle Mullings (she/her), Director, Student Advocacy & Accountability, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students, Ryerson University
  • Richard Nathanson, Regional Sexual Violence Crown, Ministry of the Attorney General (ON)
  • Chandra Pasma, Senior Research Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees
  • Luisa Ritacca, Stockwoods LLP
  • Sarah Scanlon, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator, Office of Dispute Resolution and Support, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Ljiljana Stanić, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Julia Wilkes, Adair Goldblatt Bieber
  • Alexi N. Wood, St. Lawrence Barristers LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the Intensive Program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Alison Hurst at ahurst@osgoode.yorku.ca


Program Details

Date & Time

May 6-9, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT daily
In Person and Webcast


Osgoode Professional
Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor
Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$1,395 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

Professionals working in post-secondary institutions and high schools, in areas including:

  • Sexual violence response
  • Sexual violence support, prevention and education
  • General and in-house counsel
  • University or College Secretary
  • Human rights offices and services
  • Student Affairs
  • School administrators
  • Lawyers who represent post-secondary institutions and/or practice education law
  • Lawyers advising on sexual violence issues

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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