We celebrate diversity and embrace programs that engage communities from local to global. We challenge the social and structural factors that undermine health, including structural bias, social inequities, and racism. We value a healthy workplace that fosters well-being for members of our community.
Racism, sexism, ableism and other forms of oppression, where present, threaten the safety and success of students, faculty and staff here at the University of Waterloo, and in our School.
This is not acceptable.
Discrimination and harassment are counter to the University of Waterloo’s Policy 33. Members of the University community have the right to lodge complaints and participate in proceedings without reprisal or threat of reprisal for so doing. Individuals who believe they have been treated in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code have the right to proceed directly to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. We encourage anyone with complaints related to violations to Policy 33 or the Ontario Human Rights Code in the School to report them, to take a colleague or peer with them to witness proceedings of any meetings and to make full use of the University’s support services:
- If you want to understand your rights under Policy 33, explore informal mediation or file a grievance, connect with the Conflict Management and Human Rights Office.
- If you need a space for support, understanding your resources and discussing potential next steps and/or advocacy, connect with the Equity Office.
- If you need guidance, support, next steps or safety planning related to sexual violence, contact the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office.
- If you are a student experiencing impacts from racism, racial trauma or racial violence, academic accommodations options, resources and support are available.
- If you are an undergraduate student, you can connect with the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), which maintains an incident reporting form you can complete to access support and advocacy resources.
- If you are a graduate student, you can connect with the Graduate Student Association (GSA), which provides advocacy and support services for students experiencing challenges.
- If you are a faculty member, you can connect with the Faculty Association (FAUW), which provides confidential support and advocacy to members.
- If you are a staff member, you can connect with the University of Waterloo Staff association, which provides confidential work-related advice.