The University of Waterloo, under Policy # 34 - Health, Safety and Environment is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment which is free of workplace violence through a process of assessment of risk and implementation of reasonable safeguards to protect employees, students and visitors.
All members of the campus community have a responsibility in maintaining a violence free working and learning environment by not engaging in acts of violence and are encouraged to report incidents promptly.
Workplace Violence is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act as:
- The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to a worker
- an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker, or
- a statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
Review the University of Waterloo's Workplace Violence Prevention Program for more information.
The University of Waterloo is committed to providing a work environment in which all workers are treated with respect and dignity. Workplace harassment will not be tolerated from any person in the workplace.
The University provides several resources to assist community members concerned with harassment in their workplace. The Safety Office, Human Resources and the Conflict Management & Human Rights Office are available for consultation when consideration options for resolution, both formal and informal.
Review the University of Waterloo's Workplace Harassment Program for more information.
Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence
The University of Waterloo is committed to fostering a safe and respectful environment where the impact of sexual violence is understood and individuals affected receive support. Policy 42 Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence establishes the University’s commitment to the awareness and prevention of Sexual Violence and to a process for addressing complaints of Sexual Violence.
Review the University of Waterloo's Sexual Violence Response Protocol and Procedures for more information.
All University of Waterloo employees are required to complete the Workplace Violence Awareness online training module.
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