Harassment & Discrimination

What is considered harassment?

Harassment is repeated unwanted or hostile conduct that has a negative impact on the person and results in a harmful environment for the person. In the employment context, a single serious incident may constitute harassment.

Policy Definition

According to section 2.7 of McGill's Policy on Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law, harassment is "any vexatious behaviour by one Member of the University Community towards another Member of the University Community in the form of repeated hostile or unwanted conduct, verbal comments, actions or gestures, that affect the dignity or psychological or physical integrity of a Member of the University Community and that result in a harmful environment for such an individual. Within the employment relationship, a single serious incidence of such behaviour that has a lasting harmful effect on such an individual may also constitute Harassment."

 

What is considered discrimination?

Discrimination is any action that disadvantages someone based on any prohibited ground of discrimination (e.g., race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, etc.).

Policy Definition

According to section 2.6 of McGill's Policy on Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law, discrimination prohibited by law is "any action, behaviour, or decision based on race, colour, sex (including gender identity), pregnancy, sexual orientation, civil status, age (except as provided by law), religion, political conviction, language, ethnic or national origin, social condition, a disability or the use of any means to palliate a disability which results in the exclusion or preference of an individual or group within the University community. This includes both the actions of individual members of the University and systemic institutional practices and policies of the University."

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Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions for answers and more information.
 

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Make a Complaint

Learn about the process of filing a complaint under the Policy through the Senior Equity and Inclusion Advisor.


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