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Harassment and Discrimination Support and Reporting

Queen’s is committed to fostering a campus environment in which all students, staff, and faculty are treated with dignity and respect.

The university encourages members of the Queen’s community who experience or witness harassment or discrimination to disclose their experience. Disclosures are held in confidence and our support services are client-driven. Faculty, staff, and students can confidentially consult on their options, seek informal resolutions, and initiate a formal report, or any combination of these options.

If you are aware of any potential safety threats to yourself, an individual, or the community please contact:

  • Kingston Police at 911 (life threatening emergencies) or 613-549-4660 (non-emergency)
  • Queen’s Campus Security at 613-533-6111 (non-life threatening emergency) or 613-533-6080 (non-emergency)

Harassment and Discrimination Support Resources

For Students, Staff, and Faculty

Human Rights Office

The Queen's Human Rights Office provides students, faculty, and staff with non-judgmental and confidential support, advisory services, and information on harassment and discrimination. Staff in the Human Rights Office can also help individuals or groups at Queen’s who wish to pursue a formal human rights complaint.

Phone: 613-533-6886
Email: hrights@queensu.ca
Location: B506 Mackintosh-Corry Hall

Office of the University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson provides independent, impartial, and confidential advice to members of the university community seeking assistance in the pursuit of resolving university-related concerns. This includes providing advice and support to a complainant, a respondent, or a witness regarding an incident involving workplace harassment and discrimination.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am–noon and 1–4 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Other times available by appointment.
Phone: 613-533-6495
Email: ombuds@queensu.ca
Location: Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 421, 138 Union Street

Faith and Spiritual Unit

The Faith and Spiritual Life staff provide confidential spiritual support and counselling for students, staff, and faculty from all faith communities. Chaplains with diverse backgrounds are available to discuss spiritual, religious, and personal problems, concerns, or questions.​

Main Campus: Monday – Friday, 10 am–4 pm
West Campus: Tuesdays, 11:30 am–1:30 pm in the old Tuck Shop on Student Street
Phone: 613-533-2186
Email: chaplain@queensu.ca
Location: John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), Room 142B

For Students

Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Coordinator

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, Barb Lotan, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator, offers non-emergency support by helping you understand your options, assessing possible next steps, and connecting you to services you wish to access.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am –5 pm
Phone: 613-533-6330
Email: Bjl7@queensu.ca
Location: B502 Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Human Rights Hallway

Student Wellness Services Counselling

Student Wellness Counselling Services offers students professional short-term individual counselling geared toward resolving personal difficulties, dealing with crises and distressing situations, and assists students who need specialized mental health services or longer-term counseling support.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am–5 pm
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78264
Email: counselling.services@queensu.ca
Location: Second floor of the LaSalle building, 146 Stuart Street

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre offers academic, social, and cultural support for Indigenous students at Queen’s. Staff at the centre can provide confidential support and help students connect to advisory services related to harassment and discrimination on campus.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Phone: 613-533-6970​
Location: 146 Barrie Street

AMS Peer Support Centre

Volunteers offer welcoming, confidential, and empathetic peer-based advice to Queen’s students on any issue.

Hours: 10 am–10 pm, 7 days a week
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32737
Email: peersupport@ams.queensu.ca
Location: John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), Room 34

SGPS Student Advisor Program

SGPS student advisors are graduate and professional Queen’s students who provide peer-based advice to other graduate and professional students on personal and academic matters: from your relationship to your advisor to dealing with harassment or discrimination.

Email: advisors@sgps.ca

For Staff

Supervisor/Managers

Concerns relating to discrimination, harassment, or reprisal in the workplace can be discussed with a supervisor or manager. All supervisors and managers are expected to seek guidance from Human Resources in attempting to address and resolve concerns regarding workplace harassment and/or discrimination.

If an employee’s supervisor or manager is allegedly involved in the discrimination, harassment, and/or reprisal, the employee can raise their concerns directly with the Employee and Labour Relations Unit within Human Resources.

Staff Union and Associations

Information related to harassment and discrimination can be found in the Collective Agreements of staff unions and associations at Queen’s.

For Faculty and Academic Staff

Unit/Department Head

Academic staff can discuss concerns relating to discrimination or harassment in the workplace with their unit/department head.

Faculty Relations

The Faculty Relations Office provides assistance to academic administrators on employment related matters pertaining to academic staff, as well as providing advice and guidance regarding the administration of collective agreements with academic staff.

Academic Employee Unions and Associations

Information related to harassment and discrimination can be found in the Collective Agreements that pertain to academic employee groups at Queen’s. The Collective Agreements for academic employee groups can be found on the Faculty Relations website.