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Harassment and discrimination

Queen's believes in safeguarding all members of its community against harassment and discrimination.

In particular, 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
  • disability.

The Queen's Human Rights Office can provide you with resources about harassment, discrimination, and human rights, and help you to pursue a human rights complaint.

Discrimination and harassment will not go away unless something is done to stop it, but no one has to take action alone. At Queen's, this complaint process is guided by the Harassment/Discrimination Complaints Policy and Procedure.

Harassment and discrimination can occur in many forms. Please don't hesitate to talk to an advisor at the Human Rights Office about your experiences.

e-mail harassment 

If you feel that you are being harassed by email, the STOP-IT webpage helps answer the question, "Is it harassment?" and outlines first steps to address the harassment.

STOP-IT is a joint program of Queen's ITServices, Student Affairs, Campus Security, and the Human Rights Office.

Ending hate

Hate crime and hate discrimination have been issues of concern to Queen's and Kingston for many years.

Addressing hate can be complex as we consider both freedom of expression and the rights and dignity of individuals and communities.

Different campus groups and organizations have united in efforts against hate activity, as well as educating the community about different forms of prejudice and discrimination. These have resulted in a number of committees, working groups, and online resources to address discrimination and create safer spaces for members of the Queen's community.

Learn more/Get involved:

  • The Human Rights Office has information about anti-discrimination committees.
  • There are grassroots student initiatives, clubs and committees housed under student government groups, such as the Alma Mater Society and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students.
  • The Positive Space Program provides support and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer individuals on campus. It encourages the development of positive spaces within the Queen's community in which sexual and gender identity is affirmed.
  • The End to Hate Project responds to the presence of hate groups or hate activity on campus.