Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Harassment Issues

Queen’s University Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedure states the following:

“Queen's University believes in the necessity of providing safeguards for its members against harassment and discrimination. This includes harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status and handicap (disability). In addition, the University has the duty to do so under Ontario and Federal law. This duty is also met by special programs designed to relieve hardship or economic disadvantage or to assist disadvantaged persons or groups to achieve or attempt to achieve equal opportunity or that are likely to contribute to the elimination of harassment and discrimination. Implicit in the duty not to harass or discriminate is a positive duty to accommodate.

That duty includes a responsibility on the part of all supervisors, both academic and staff, to strive to create an environment free of harassment and discrimination in their area of responsibility. Included within the ambit of that responsibility is an awareness of what constitutes harassment and discrimination based on human rights grounds, a knowledge of the procedures that are in place for dealing with allegations of harassment and discrimination, and cooperation in the processing of complaints made under this procedure.

It also means that supervisors will not condone or ignore activities within their areas of responsibility which violate the rights of students, faculty or staff. It means that they will ensure that all those for whom they have responsibility are aware that any form of harassment and discrimination based on the grounds enumerated above or analogous grounds, in all its manifestations is prohibited. They will ensure that any complaints will be attended to immediately and effectively…”

http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/policies/senate/harassmentdiscriminati...

The Human Rights Office at Queen’s University provides advisory services, training resources for students, staff and faculty, as well as a library of policies and procedures.

Their mandate is “to ensure that the community's needs in the area of human rights are being addressed adequately. The Office reports bi-annually to the Queen's community through an annual report to the Senate of the University.”

The Office will:

  • Promote human rights and address harassment and discrimination on the grounds of: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability and gender identity as well as analogous grounds.
  • Inform the community about their rights and responsibilities in the area of human rights.
  • Assist community members looking for educational resources.

Please contact Human Rights Office for more information or support.