Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 82.53
Liaison Pierre Lemay
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Universite Laval
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Pierre Lemay
Development Advisor
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Université Laval has a publicly posted regulation on preventing and fighting harassment.
http://www2.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/Secretaire_general/Reglements/Reglement_pour_prevenir_et_contrer_le_harcelement_a_l_UL_2016-CA-2016_22.pdf

Université Laval implements also a variety of equal employment programs. The policy that UL is committed to is that of the provincial government. The university is legally required to report to the provincial (Act Respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies) and federal (Federal Contractors Program) governments on its equal employment measures and progress made. Compliance with our commitment to the federal government is a condition for obtaining government subsidies for the university.
https://www.rh.ulaval.ca/cms/site/rh/page93203.html


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Université Laval set up Centre de prévention et d’intervention en matière de harcèlement (Harassment Prevention and Resolution Centre, CPIMH). https://www2.ulaval.ca/services-ul/harcelement/accueil.html

According to the university’s regulation on preventing and fighting harassment, the centre’s responsibilities include:
- Processing and tracking consultation requests and reports of harassment
- Implementing a problem-solving approach
- Creating and updating a list of mediators
- Receiving complaints and forwarding them to the relevant vice rector

When it receives a complaint, the Centre carries out an initial assessment of the nature, scope, and severity of the problem and discusses possible solutions (conciliation, on-site measures, formal complaint procedure, etc.) with the individual concerned. These solutions may include a referral to other resources in compliance with the laws or policies, regulations, directives, collective agreements, or other agreements in force at the university. For the full protocol, see the regulation: http://www2.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/Secretaire_general/Reglements/Reglement_pour_prevenir_et_contrer_le_harcelement_a_l_UL_2016-CA-2016_22.pdf

More than 3,560 members of the Université Laval community took part in 88 prevention activities held over the course of the year.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Université Laval offers admission scholarships and financial aid for foreign students : https://www.bbaf.ulaval.ca/bourses-detudes/etudiants-etrangers/resume-financement-etudiants-etrangers/

Scholarships are alos available to aboriginal students and students with disabilities:
- Aboriginal students: https://repertoire.bbaf.ulaval.ca/bourses?sensibility=3&keyWords=&legalStatusCode=&types%5B%5D=2&cycle=&faculty=&start-search=Chercher

- Students with disabilities: https://repertoire.bbaf.ulaval.ca/bourses?sensibility=3&keyWords=&legalStatusCode=&types%5B%5D=8&cycle=&faculty=&start-search=Chercher

Université Laval has an employment equity program wherein preference is given to qualified minorities during hiring, appointments, and promotions. https://www.rh.ulaval.ca/cms/site/rh/page93500.html


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Student Services has a comprehensive program in place to support minority students. It includes:
- The Student Assistance Centre, which runs orientations, supports persons with disabilities, provides psychological support, and offers academic success assistance (including activities for foreign students). www.aide.ulaval.ca

- The Student Life Office, which welcomes, informs, and supports university students from outside Quebec. It offers activities to help them adapt to campus life and get to know Quebec, a bilingual guidebook, a buddy program, and one-on-one meetings to help students with formalities and the adjustment process. https://www.bve.ulaval.ca/accompagnement_des_etudiants_etrangers/

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The Université Laval Personnel Assistance Program offers free and confidential consultation meetings with experienced psychologists. All staff members living with personal or professional problems that affect their work, health or privacy may benefit from this service. https://www.rh.ulaval.ca/cms/site/rh/page179138.html

Université Laval has a welcome program (meetings) and training opportunities for new staff (including faculty). In one such training session on intercultural communication, participants learn to better understand and interact more effectively with people from different cultures.
https://www.rh.ulaval.ca/cms/site/rh/accueil/administratif/professionnel/accueil_professionnel

In addition, Université Laval offers a French program to help new faculty and their spouses adjust to life in Quebec City. The university covers the tuition fees for French as a foreign language courses pursuant to its policy on French use and the faculty’s collective agreement.
https://www.rh.ulaval.ca/cms/site/rh/page93623.html


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The university has a training program for new faculty and doctoral students called Plaisir d’apprendre [The Joy of Learning]. The goals of the program are to:
- Improve their teaching skills by imparting specialized knowledge and introducing or reinforcing skills and attitudes to help them personalize learning
- Create a learning community in which they can help one another become better teachers
- Introduce major changes during a short class
https://www.enseigner.ulaval.ca/perfectionnement/programmes-de-formation/le-plaisir-de-faire-apprendre

Financial aid is also available to minorities and to students who would like to pursue a doctorate:
- Automatic doctoral admission scholarships, a success assistance program for doctoral students including financial aid. http://www.bbaf.ulaval.ca/cms/site/bbaf/home/bourses_etudes/cycles_superieurs/bourses_admission_doctorat

- In an effort to attract the best Ph.D. students and provide them with better academic support, foreign students enrolling full-time in a regular doctoral program at Université Laval may pay the same tuition as students from Quebec. https://www.bbaf.ulaval.ca/bourses-detudes/etudiants-etrangers/exemption-droits-de-scolarite-supplementaires/

- Academic scholarships are also available for aboriginal students and students with disabilities:

Aboriginal students: https://repertoire.bbaf.ulaval.ca/bourses?sensibility=3&keyWords=&legalStatusCode=&types%5B%5D=2&cycle=&faculty=&start-search=Chercher

Students with disabilities: https://repertoire.bbaf.ulaval.ca/bourses?sensibility=3&keyWords=&legalStatusCode=&types%5B%5D=8&cycle=&faculty=&start-search=Chercher


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
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