Positive Work and Learning Environments: Frequently Asked Questions
Bullying and harassment will not be tolerated at UNBC as it could compromise the mental and physical health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
See below for answers to the most frequently asked questions about harassment, discrimination and UNBC’s policies. If you have more questions, or want to discuss something you have seen or experienced on campus, please contact us.
What is bullying and harassment?
There are different types of bullying and harassment. Any given situation may include elements of one, several or all of the following:
- Verbal aggression or yelling
- Humiliating initiation practices (e.g. hazing)
- Malicious rumours
- Derogatory name-calling
- Cyber bullying
- Sexual harassment
- Criminal harassment (stalking)
Generally, harassment is considered objectionable behaviour that is repeated or ongoing. However, a single incident may constitute harassment if it is of a very serious nature. A single incident may also be the basis for a warning or disciplinary action within the institution.
Bullying and harassment as defined by WorkSafeBC
"Bullying and harassment includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker 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." - WorkSafeBC
What is not considered bullying or harassment?
The respectful, open discussion and the free exchange of potentially controversial ideas and subjects such as age, race, politics, religion, sex and sexual orientation, should be expected and encouraged in a university environment.
Harassment and bullying do not include:
- Expressing differences of opinions
- Constructive feedback, guidance, or advice on work-related behaviour
- Reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment
What should I do if I feel I am being harassed?
If you feel comfortable doing so, and do not feel you are at immediate risk, tell the person their behaviour is unwelcome and ask them to stop.
Keep a record of incidents, including dates, times and witnesses and let someone know what has happened. If you do not feel comfortable speaking with your supervisor or professor, please contact us for further support.
I have questions – who can I talk to?
If you have questions, please contact us.
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