UBC’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
UBC actively works to promote a positive working and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Key to this is ensuring an environment free of discrimination and harassment. Discrimination and harassment as viewed within the context of UBC are briefly defined on the UBC Equity website.
The following few paragraphs are from the preamble in the “Guide to UBC’s Policy on Discrimination & Harassment”.
“UBC is committed to providing its students, staff, and faculty with the best possible environment for study and work, an environment that fosters friendship and collegiality. Therefore, it seeks to eliminate behaviours, policies and practices that interfere with the pursuit of educational and employment opportunities.
All UBC students, staff members, and faculty share responsibility for promoting a learning environment of mutual trust and respect. At the same time, those faculty and administrative staff who supervise others bear major responsibility for ensuring that their instructional and managerial practices comply with human rights legislation.
UBC’s procedures for handling complaints of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, offer an internal mechanism for complaint resolution that supplements other University and extra-University mechanisms, such as those procedures offered by employee associations and unions, the courts, the B.C. Council of Human Rights, and the B.C. Ombuds Office. Just as the University takes complaints of discrimination and harassment seriously, so too, the University takes seriously any actions or inactions that obstruct its procedures for handling complaints.”
If you have any concerns regarding discrimination or harassment you are experiencing or may have witnessed, please feel free to contact the UBC Equity Office directly or Sarah Gergel within the Faculty of Forestry.