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CAUT Anti-harassment and Non-Discrimination Statement

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is committed to ensuring that all CAUT events are free of harassment and discrimination. Harassing or discriminatory behaviour undermines an individual’s right to participate fully and equally in the work of CAUT as well as undermines the purposes and goals of our organization.

Neither discrimination nor harassment will be tolerated at any CAUT event.

Harassment is any vexatious comment or conduct against someone that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome. It includes harassment on the prohibited grounds identified under provincial human rights codes, as well as sexual, psychological and personal harassment.

Discrimination is the act of treating an individual or group differently, unfairly and usually to their detriment, because of their racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics.

If you believe you are being harassed or discriminated against, act immediately to:

  1. Make clear to the person, if possible, that you do not welcome the behaviour. You can do so either on your own, verbally or in writing, or with the assistance of another party. Also, indicate that you will take further action if the behaviour continues.
  2. If the behaviour persists or if you feel uncomfortable approaching the person, contact the Chair of your Committee or the President of CAUT who will investigate the matter.

The investigation of each incident will be handled confidentially and expeditiously, with particular sensitivity for the complainant.

The resolution would include, but not be limited to, apology, reprimand and possible expulsion. Additional action may be pursued in accordance with the CAUT By-law and legal channels.

Where substantial remedy is involved, the Officers of CAUT shall make the final decision. A written report will be provided to all parties involved, and shall remain with CAUT.

Vexatious claims of harassment and/or discrimination are themselves infractions of this policy.      

Approved by the CAUT Council, April 2012.