What to do if...
I am being harassed
At any time, contact the Harassment and Discrimination Officer. The Officer is available to discuss your concerns and to provide information, support and advice.
- Admit that the problem exists. Do not assume that the behaviour will stop; it may worsen if you ignore it.
- Tell someone. Sharing your concern with someone you can trust may help you feel less isolated. Remember, it is not your fault.
- Speak up as soon as you realize that there is a problem. Tell the person that you find his or her behaviour offensive. Be specific about the behaviour in question:
“I am uncomfortable when you put your arm around my waist. Please don’t do that.”
“I find it inappropriate when you make comments about my personal appearance at these meetings. Please refrain from doing that in the future.”
- Write a letter to the harasser in which you (i) describe the behaviour in objective terms, (ii) express your reaction to it and (iii) request what you want to happen next. Keep a copy of this letter for your records.
- Keep a detailed record of events. Make note of the behaviours, dates, times, places and witnesses.
- Make a verbal complaint, in which case the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Officer will try to resolve the complaint by meeting with the respondent or with both parties together. If an agreement is reached, the matter is closed. If the matter cannot be resolved, the complainant can proceed with a written complaint.
- Lodge a written complaint with the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention officer in accordance with the Policy on discrimination and harassment prevention.