Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator
After experiencing sexual violence it’s often difficult for a survivor to find a sense of normalcy. Sometimes accommodations can help to some extent with a survivors healing journey. Accommodations could include helping to address physical safety concerns, academic concerns, and/or physiological concerns, in the spirit of assisting the survivor to find some level of comfort during a difficult healing process.
Care coordination is the deliberate organization of services to facilitate the appropriate delivery of support to meet the needs of individuals. During a time of trauma, it is extremely difficult to think clearly, and to manage organizational systems (policies and procedures). This office will work with the survivor to understand unique obstacles and to develop a management plan that is realistic for the student. Then the office will leverage campus resources on the behalf of the student to carry out the required aspects of the management plan. Coordinated care allows the survivor to concentrate on themselves with limited attention placed on navigating policies, procedures, and services.
Discuss Reporting Options
Survivors may choose to disclose their story and wish for no further action to follow, and that is okay. However, survivors may also wish to move forward with a formal process that could result in consequences for the person who caused them harm (criminal or non-criminal). This office will discuss the different reporting processes and the options available to the survivor such as the Student Judicial process, Residence Judicial process, the Diversity & Human Rights process, or a criminal process.
Safety planning is a thoughtful, deliberate, and an on-going process in which a staff member and a survivor create a plan to enhance the student’s safety to the extent possible. The process of safety planning is critical in helping to identify and to address the unique safety needs of each survivor. Safety planning includes, but is not limited to: physical safety, environmental safety, psychological safety, and technological safety. The plan also helps students safeguard their wellness and academics. Students are welcome to bring a support person with them to the planning meeting.
For an introduction to Meaghan’s services and what to expect when you meet with Meaghan, please review the video below.
Meaghan Morris, Sexual Violence Support & Education Coordinator
Meaghan has been in the role of Sexual Violence Support and Education Coordinator at the University of Guelph since October 2019. It is Meaghan’s responsibility to provide sexual violence support and education for students on campus, and relevant training for faculty and staff.
Prior to joining Student Wellness, Meaghan worked at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the University of Guelph in Residence Life, Student Care, and Diversity and Human Rights. Meaghan received her Master's of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health where she studied Health Promotion. Prior to attending the Dalla School of Public Health, Meaghan graduated from the University of Toronto with High Distinction, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Equity, African, and Women and Gender Studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto.
Meaghan works with survivors to support them in coordinating support and resources following experiences of sexual violence. She also provides consultation services to faculty and staff responding to disclosures of sexual violence. Anyone can refer a friend or themselves to Meaghan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling ext. 53020, or messaging Meaghan Morris on Microsoft Teams.
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Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)