sexual violence policy

Career College Sexual Violence Policy

1.Sexual Violence Policy

  1. ARAZ Trucking School is committed to providing its students with an educational environment free from sexual violence and treating its students who report incidents of sexual violence with dignity and respect.
  2. ARAZ Trucking School has adopted this Sexual Violence Policy, which defines sexual violence and outlines its training, reporting, investigative, and disciplinary responses to complaints of sexual violence made by its students that have occurred on its campus, or at one of its events and involve its students.
  3. The person accused of engaging in sexual violence will be referred to as the “Respondent” and the person making the allegation as the “Complainant”.
  4. Any party to a Sexual Violence investigation or decision-making process has the right to have a person present with him or her at every stage of the process. 


2.Definition of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.


3.Training, Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence

  1. ARAZ Trucking School will include a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy in every contract made between it and its students, and provide a copy of the Sexual Violence Policy to career college management (corporate directors, controlling shareholders, owners, partners, other persons who manage or direct the career college’s affairs, and their agents), instructors, staff, other employees and contractors and train them about the policy and its processes of reporting, investigating and responding to complaints of sexual violence involving its students. *Any company participating in offering student internships on their premises must provide an undertaking in writing that it is in compliance with all applicable legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will provide students access to those policies should they encounter issues relating to sexual violence in the workplace.
  2. The Sexual Violence Policy shall be published on its website (or where the Career College does not have a website in a conspicuous location in each of its campuses). Career college management, instructors, staff, other employees and contractors of ARAZ Trucking School will report incidents of or complaints of sexual violence to Fahimeh Sabbaghi at ARAZ Trucking School (416-420-2454) upon becoming aware of them.
  3. Students who have been affected by sexual violence or who need information about support services should contact Fahimeh Sabbaghi at ARAZ Trucking School (416-420-2454)
  4. Subject to Section 4 below, to the extent it is possible, ARAZ Trucking School will attempt to keep all personal information of persons involved in the investigation confidential except in those circumstances where it believes an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm, or of harming another, or there are reasonable grounds to believe that others on its campus or the broader community are at risk. This will be done by:
    1. ensuring that all complaints/reports and information gathered as a result of the complaint/reports will be only available to those who need to know for purposes of investigation, implementing safety measures and other circumstances that arise from any given case; and
    2. ensuring that the documentation is kept in a separate file from that of the Complainant/Student or the Respondent.
  5. ARAZ Trucking School recognizes the right of the Complainant not to report an incident of or make a complaint about sexual violence or not request an investigation and not to participate in any investigation that may occur.
  6. Notwithstanding (e) above, in certain circumstances, ARAZ Trucking School may be required by law or its internal policies to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform police without the complainant’s consent if it believes the safety of members of its campus or the broader community is at risk.
  7. In all cases, including (e & f) above and (h) below, ARAZ Trucking School will appropriately accommodate the needs of its students who are affected by sexual violence. Students seeking accommodation should contact Fahimeh Sabbaghi at 416-420-2454. Students are not required to report incidences in order to request accommodation or access to support services.
  8. In this regard, ARAZ Trucking School will assist students who have experienced sexual violence in obtaining counselling and medical care, and provide them with information about sexual violence supports and services available in the community as set out in Appendix 1 attached hereto. Students are not required to file a formal complaint in order to access supports and services.
  9. If students, in good faith, report an incident of, or make a complaint about, sexual violence, they will not be subject to discipline or sanctions for violations of the career college’s policies relating to drug or alcohol use at the time the alleged sexual violence occurred.
  10. Students who disclose their experience of sexual violence through reporting an incident of, making a complaint about, or accessing supports and services for sexual violence, will not be asked irrelevant questions during the investigation process by the career college’s staff or investigators, including irrelevant questions relating to the student’s sexual expression or past sexual history.


4.Investigating Reports of Sexual Violence

  1. Under this Sexual Violence Policy, any student of ARAZ Trucking School may file a report of an incident or a complaint to Fahimeh Sabbaghi in writing.
  2. Upon receipt of a report of an incident or a complaint of alleged sexual violence being made, Fahimeh Sabbaghi will respond promptly and: determine whether an investigation should proceed and if the Complainant wishes to participate in an investigation;
    1. determine who should conduct the investigation having regard to the seriousness of the allegation and the parties involved;
    2. determine whether the incident should be referred immediately to the police;

In such cases or where civil proceedings are commenced in respect of allegations of sexual violence, ARAZ Trucking School may conduct its own independent investigation and make its own determination in accordance with its own policies and procedures and

  • determine what interim measures ought to be put in place pending the investigation process such as removal of the Respondent or seeking alternate methods of providing necessary course studies.
  1. Once an investigation is initiated, the following will occur:
    1. the Complainant and the Respondent will be advised that they may ask another person to be present throughout the investigation;
    2. interviewing the Complainant to ensure a complete understanding of the allegation and gathering additional information that may not have been included in the written complaint such as the date and time of the incident, the persons involved, the names of any person who witnessed the incident and a complete description of what occurred;
  • informing and interviewing the Respondent of the complaint, providing details of the allegations and giving the Respondent an opportunity to respond to those allegations and to provide any witnesses the Respondent feels are essential to the investigation;
  1. interviewing any person involved or who has, or may have, knowledge of the incident and any identified witnesses;
  2. providing reasonable updates to the Complainant and the Respondent about the status of the investigation; and
  3. following the investigation, Fahimeh Sabbaghi will:
    1. review all of the evidence collected during the investigation;
    2. determine whether sexual violence occurred; and if so
    3. determine what disciplinary action, if any, should be taken as set out in Section 5 below.


5.Disciplinary Measures

If it is determined by ARAZ Trucking School that the Respondent did engage in sexual violence, immediate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken. This may include:

  1. disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff; or
  2. expulsion of a student; and /or
  3. the placement of certain restrictions on the Respondent’s ability to access certain premises or facilities; and/or
  4. any other actions that may be appropriate in the circumstances.



Should the Complainant or the Respondent not agree with the decision resulting from the investigation, he or she may appeal the decision to Borna Hassanzadeh, Director of Appeals within 10 days by submitting a letter addressed to Borna Hassanzadeh at ARAZ Trucking School, 5-180 Brodie Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3K8 advising of the person’s intent to appeal the decision.


7.Making False Statements

  1. It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy for anyone to knowingly make a false complaint of sexual violence or to provide false information about a complaint.
  2. Individuals who violate this Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.



  1. It is a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a complainant who has brought forward a complaint of sexual violence, provided information related to a complaint, or otherwise been involved in the complaint investigation process.
  2. Individuals who violate the Sexual Violence Policy are subject to disciplinary and/or corrective action, up to and including termination of employment of instructors or staff or expulsion of a student.



  1. ARAZ Trucking School shall ensure that student input is considered in the development of its Sexual Violence Policy and every time it is reviewed or amended.
  2. ARAZ Trucking School shall review this Sexual Violence Policy 3 years after it is first implemented and amend it where appropriate. The review date will be March 31, 2027.


10.Collection of Student Data

ARAZ Trucking School shall collect and be prepared to provide upon request by the Superintendent of Career Colleges such data and information as required according to Subsections 32.3 (8), (9) and (10) of Schedule 5 of the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005 as amended.

Revised January 1, 2024


Appendix 1

The following represents a list of Provincial Rape Crisis Centers that could be provided as resources:


Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, Ontario Provincial


Assaulted Women’s Helpline Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511

#SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile TTY: 416-364-8762




 Telephone Toll-Free: 1-877-336-2433

ATS: 1 866 860-7082


Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

35 hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women. To locate the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre nearest you, follow this link.


Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia

Huronia Transition Homes operates La Maison Rosewood Shelter (Midland) & Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre

24-Hour Crisis Line:

Barrie: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799

Midland: 705-526-4211 or 1-800-461-175

Office: 705-526-3221



Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District Toll-Free: 1-877-544-6424

Office: 613-967-6300



Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services

Parry Sound District Office:

Office: (705) 774-9083 or 1-877-851-6662

Muskoka District Office:

Office: (705) 646-2122 or 1-877-406-1268



Sexual Assault Centre of Brantford Crisis: 519-751-3471

Office: 519-751-1164



Assault Response & Care Centre

Office: (613) 345-3881 or 1-800-567-7415



Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre 24-Hour Crisis Line: 519-354-8688 Office/TTY: 519-354-8908



Sexual Assault Support Services for Women Office: 613-932-1755


Iethinisten:ha Women’s Shelter Akwasasne Family Violence Program 24-Hour Crisis: 1-800-480-4208

Phone: 613-937-4322’s -shelter


Durham Region

Durham Rape Crisis Centre Crisis: 905-668-9200

Office: 905-444.9672



Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County 24-Hour Crisis: 1-800-663-3060

Office: 613-735-5551



Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis Crisis: 519-836-5710


Office: 519-823-5806



Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) Crisis: (905) 525-4162

Office (905) 525-4573

TTY: 905-525-4592



Kenora Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis: (807) 468-7233 or 1-800-565-6161

Office: (807) 468-7958



Sexual Assault Centre Kingston

Crisis: 613-544-6424 or 1-877-544-6424

Office: 613-545-0762



Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region Crisis: 519.741.8633

Office: 519.571.0121



Sexual Assault Centre London Crisis: 519-438-2272

Office 519-439-0844

TTY: 519-439-0690


London Abused Women’s Centre Office: 519-432-2204



Peel Region

Hope 24/7 (formerly the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel) Crisis:1-800-810-0180

Office: (905) 792-0821



Women’s Support Network of York Region Crisis: 1-800-263-6734 or 905-895-6734

Office: (905) 895-3646


North Bay

Amelia Rising Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing/centre d’alobalressions sexuelles de Nipissing

Crisis: 705-476-3355

Office: 705-840-2403

TTY: (705) 840-5877



Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton Crisis: 905-875-1555 or 1-877-268-8416

Office: 905-825-3622



Family Transition Place

Crisis: 1-800-265-9178

Office: 519-942-4122



Sexual Assault Support Centre Crisis: 613-234-2266

Phone:  613-725-2160

TTY:  613-725-1657


Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre Crisis: 613-562-2333

Office: 613-562-2334


Peterborough & Kawarthas Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

Crisis: (705) 741- 0260 or 1-866-298-7778

Office/TTY: (705) 741-0260


YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Crisis: 1-800-461-7656

Office: 705.743.3526 x 130


Sault Ste Marie

Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc.

Crisis: 705-759-1230 or 1-877-759-1230



Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia-Lambton Crisis: 519 337-3320 or 1-888-231-0536

Office: (519) 337-3154



Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Service Crisis: 1-800-265-8076

TTY: 1-800-815-6419

Office: 519-426-8048


St. Catherines

Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre Crisis:  (905) 682-4584

Office: (905) 682-7258


Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis and Counselling Centre

Office: (807) 345-0894 or 1-866-311-5927



Timmins and Area Women in Crisis Crisis: 1-877-268-8380 (sexual assault) Crisis: 1-855-827-7233 (shelter)

Office: (705) 268-8381



Oasis Centre des Femmes Téléphone: 416-591-6565



Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape Crisis: 416-597-8808

Office: 416-597-1171



Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County Crisis: 519-253-9667



Domestic Abuse Services Oxford

Crisis: 519 539-4811 or 1-800-265-1938


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