Presidents' Statements

Statement from the University President

 

St. Francis Xavier University does not tolerate sexual violence, in any form.  As members of the Xaverian Community, we are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, living, social, recreational, and working environment.  We expect all members of our community to engage in respectful interactions with each other, and to participate in fostering an atmosphere of healthy attitudes and behaviours towards sexuality, sex, and gender roles. 

 

We take seriously our commitment to supporting survivors of sexual violence and protecting their rights to dignity, respect, fairness, due process, and the right to be believed when they disclose that they have experienced sexual violence.  We work diligently on campus and with community partners on programs, policies, resources and education, to challenge and change a culture where sexual violence continues to exist, while striving towards a StFX campus free from all forms of sexual violence.

 

I urge all StFX community members to review the StFX Sexual Violence Policy, to learn about options and resources available to those who require support, or who wish to support others.  On behalf of the StFX President’s Council, I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of many StFX faculty, staff and students, over many years, in bringing us to a point where the topic of sexual violence is openly discussed and challenged in our community.  We fully support the sexual violence prevention and response initiatives that are ongoing on our campus through Visible@X.  The safety and security of our students is of paramount importance, and we are unwavering in our commitment to continue the fight against sexual violence, to provide a safe and respectful environment for all members of our community.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Kent MacDonald

Dr. Kent MacDonald

President and Vice Chancellor

Kent MacDonald

Statement from the Student Union President

 

The StFX Students’ Union affirms each student’s right to live and learn in an environment free from sexualized violence, of any kind. We believe and support survivors and we recognize that victims of sexualized violence have been historically silenced. We acknowledge this violence is an outcome of power imbalances that discriminate against people based on, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, class, sexual orientation, and physical or mental abilities.

 

We recognize that there is a collective responsibility to be proactive bystanders in ending sexualized violence. As such, we fully support Visible @ X as well the various programs and resources available to students about sexual violence prevention. We shall continue working in cohesion with various community partners on policies and education to ensure StFX becomes a campus free from sexual violence.

 

I encourage all students to review and understand StFX’s Sexual Violence Policy. It outlines the procedures for reporting and the resources available to all students requiring supports. I would also like to acknowledge the allies who have brought us to a point where we are now able to openly discuss and challenge sexualized violence in our community. Finally, I want to thank the individuals who have come forward with their own stories, we are listening and we are motivated to do better as a result of your courage.

 

The safety and security of students is of greatest importance to the StFX Students’ Union and we affirm our unwavering commitment to fighting against all forms of sexual violence to create an environment that respects and upholds the dignity of all community members.

 

Sincerely,

Rebecca Mesay

Rebecca Mesay

StFX Student Union President

Rebecca Mesay