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Bullying, Harrassment and Discrimination Policy

Royal Roads University Policy

First implemented: 
November 1, 2013
Approved By: 
VP & CFO
Office of Oversight: 
Human Resources

This policy is currently under review (February 2018)

Policy Statement:

Royal Roads University (RRU) is committed to providing a work environment free of bullying and harassment and discrimination; such behaviors will not be accepted or tolerated. All employees will be treated in a fair and respectful manner.

Definitions:

Bullying and harassment
Includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards an employee that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but excludes any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment.

Examples of conduct or comments that might constitute bullying and harassment include verbal aggression or insults, calling someone derogatory names, harmful hazing or initiation practices, vandalizing personal belongings, and spreading malicious rumors.

Discrimination
Occurs if a distinction, exclusion or preference is made based on one or more of the following prohibited grounds that imposes disadvantages in the workplace that are not imposed on others:

Race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief or criminal or summary conviction unrelated to an individual’s employment or intended employment.

Resolution/Complaint Procedures:

1. When to report

Incidents or complaints should be reported as soon as possible after experiencing or witnessing an incident. This allows the incident to be investigated and addressed promptly.

2. How to report

Informal:

  • Any employee who believes that he/she has been subjected to bullying and harassment and/or discrimination is encouraged, where appropriate, to discuss his/her concerns with the other party as soon as possible and ask that person to stop the offensive behavior.
  • Where such a discussion is inappropriate, or where it is unsuccessful, any person that feels he/she has been subjected to bullying and harassment and/or discrimination should immediately contact, where appropriate, his/her supervisor to allow the incident to be investigated and addressed promptly.