University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

University Secretariat and Legal Counsel
University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

Campus Community Consultation

Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedures

Queen’s faculty, students, and staff are being asked for their feedback on a revised policy and its procedures related to harassment and discrimination at the university.

The current version of the university’s harassment and discrimination policy was last reviewed and approved in 2000 by the Senate. Since then, an incredible amount of change has taken place on university campuses, in provincial and federal law, and in society at large, as it relates to harassment and discrimination. In 2016 Queen’s Human Resources put the Interim Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Policy in place. After some experience with both policies, the university identified that the Senate policy and the Workplace policy had overlap as well as gaps.

We need to update our policy and procedures to ensure a respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environment can be provided to all university community members. This will support our commitment to preventing harassment and discrimination through education and other proactive measures and support the effective response to reports and complaints of harassment and discrimination.

Share your thoughts

Led by the Working Group which is comprised of representatives from across the campus, including students, faculty, and staff, the University is seeking comment on the following three documents. Please read the draft documents and submit your feedback.

The Policy and Procedure Documents

Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Response Policy

This policy document outlines the university’s commitment to preventing harassment and discrimination and satisfies the university’s legal requirements set out in the Human Rights Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
See an example of how this policy would be followed (PDF 136KB).

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Draft Policy (621KB)

Harassment and Discrimination Complaint Procedure

This document outlines how Queen’s community members can file complaints if they have personally experienced harassment and/or discrimination in their Queen’s work or learning environment.
See an example of how this complaint procedure would be followed (PDF 168KB).

Harassment and Discrimination Reporting Procedure

This document outlines how Queen’s community members can report information about harassment, discrimination, and/or reprisals in the Queen’s work and learning environment so that the incidents can be appropriately addressed by the university.
See an example of how this reporting procedure would be followed (PDF 168KB).

For further details on the draft policy and procedures as well as the review process, please consult this Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF, 160KB).

Important Dates

The Queen’s community will be able to review and comment on the draft policy and procedure documents twice:

  • Dec. 14 to Jan. 29: Open for feedback on first version of the draft documents.
  • Feb. 22 to Mar. 5: Open for feedback on second version of the draft documents, updated based on first-round feedback.

The final version of the documents, which will be put forward for approval, will be posted for information on March 16, 2021. Check out the entire consultation timeline for more information.

Background Information