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Human Rights and Dispute Resolution Program

Provides advice, guidance and consultation to students, staff, and faculty on issues related to discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.  

  • Facilitates the resolution of concerns and complaints using dispute resolution.
  • Oversees investigations into formal complaints lodged under the Policy of Discrimination and Harassment: Prevention & Response and the Sexual Violence Policy.

An appointment with a member of the Human Rights Program may be booked by phone, email, or in person.

Limits to Confidentiality and Reporting Requirements

Members of the Human Rights Program have the same limits to confidentiality as other University administrators. Limitations to confidentiality exist when:

  • an individual is at risk of harm to self or of harming others;
  • there are reasons to be concerned with future violence risk or safety;
  • disclosure is required by law (for example, abuse of someone under the age of 16) or to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act or human rights legislation;
  • evidence of the disclosed incident is available in the public realm;
  • there are reporting requirements of a relevant regulatory or professional licensing body; or
  • the University is subject to legal proceedings that, in the opinion of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) or the Vice-President (Administration), in consultation with the President, require the disclosure of information.

Note: As part of the University’s internal responsibility to maintain an environment free from Discrimination and Harassment, information shall be shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.


The Human Rights Program of the Equity & Inclusion Office is one of four intake offices administering complaints under the University's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment: Prevention & Response (PODH), and the Sexual Violence Policy [hyperlinks].

The other intake offices for these policies are:

  • Employee/Labour Relations (faculty and staff)
  • Student Support & Case Management (students)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Professionalism Office (all Community Members in the Faculty of Health Sciences) [hyperlinks for intake offices]

To discuss options under these policies with the Equity & Inclusion Office, please book an appointment.