Land Acknowledgement

Niagara University (Vaughan) is located on the No. 13-Toronto Purchase Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This is the Traditional Territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee and home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people today.  The University stands in partnership with its Indigenous neighbours in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands, waters and resources that we share here and across Turtle Island.

We hope to inspire our students and future leaders to be gracious and respectful of these resources and to honour all people who are First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Miigwech to Mr. Robert Cutting, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and in particular, Mr. Darin P. Wybenga, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Coordinator, Department of Consultation and Accommodation (DOCA) for their insights, guidance, and contributions to this Land Acknowledgement.

Overview

Niagara University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees, students and visitors an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on protected category

Mission

The mission of the Office for Equity & Inclusion (OEI) is to coordinate the university's commitment to a diverse, welcoming and respectful community, and to ensure legal compliance.

The OEI operates under the following procedures: Niagara University Non-Discrimination Policy and Grievance Procedures

To report a compliant, send email to the Office of Equity and Inclusion

Director: Title IX Coordinator

Megan Altman-Cosgrove (mcosgrove@niagara.edu) is the Title IX Coordinator for Niagara University. Prior to joining the staff at NU as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Megan served as the Assistant Director of Residence Life/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. She obtained her bachelor's in Art Education (K-12) and master's in Leadership and Innovation from Daemen College. She brings extensive experience in Title IX work, investigation processes, adjudication, social justice practices, conflict resolution and training expertise. 

Contact OEI

 

How To Report

If you are a VICTIM of sexual assault, stalking, domestic or dating violence, please see the chart below to understand your reporting options, which include confidential resources, both on and off campus.

If you are a COMPLAINANT wishing to report an incident of discrimination or sexual harassment that you experienced, please contact the Title IX Coordinator directly, or contact a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

If you are an NU EMPLOYEE, please know that ALL employees are expected to immediately report ANY incident of alleged discrimination (racial, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, etc.), including sexual assaults, stalking and intimate partner violence. It is recommended that employees report directly to the Title IX Coordinator, but may also report to their supervisor or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. 

Sexual Harassment Complaint Form

Per New York State law, a Complaint Form  a complainant form must be filled out for all reports of sexual harassment. A complainant may choose to do so, or the Title IX Coordinator can do it for them. 

Sexual Violence Resource and Reporting Options

Reporting Chart  

Affirmative Consent

What is "Affirmative Consent?"

Verbatim Language:

“Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.  Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

 

Additional Mandatory Language That May Be Worded as Appropriate for Each Institution:

  • Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.
  • Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent.  Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
  • Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
  • When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.

Victim Resources

Victim Services of York Region  (www.victimservices-york.org/)

Victim Support Services of York Region (https://www.yrp.ca/en/services/Victim-Support-Services.asp)

York Region for Community Safety (http://yrccs.ca/)

York Regional Police Department (https://www.yrp.ca/en/index.asp)

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  (https://www.centralhealthline.ca/listServices.aspx?id=10669&region=YorkRegion)