|Submission Date||March 29, 2018|
University of Ottawa
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
|1.42 / 3.00||
Academic Labour Relations
Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:
The University recognizes its obligations under and the legal framework set out in the Ontario Human Rights Code with respect to harassment and discrimination and under the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to workplace harassment.
The University is committed to maintaining a learning and work environment that promotes the understanding and respect for dignity of the person as part of the University community and one that is free from harassment and discrimination.
The University will provide and maintain a fair and timely process for reporting, investigating complaints of harassment and/or discrimination and determining consequences through collective agreement provisions or University procedures developed under this Policy.
The University will take appropriate preventative and corrective action where harassment or discrimination occurs and will, where warranted, hold individuals responsible in accordance with applicable collective agreement provisions, terms of employment or other University policies or regulations. 1
A person may file or withdraw a complaint of harassment or discrimination pursuant to this Policy and its procedures without fear of reprisal or threat, except where paragraph 11 of this Policy applies.
Where the University has finally determined the complaint to be frivolous, vexatious or made in bad faith, the University will take appropriate preventative and corrective action and will, where warranted, hold individuals responsible in accordance with applicable collective agreement provisions, terms of employment or other University policies or regulations.
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?:
A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):
"Protocol (Procedure 36-1): Once contact with the OPDH has been made, the Officer will meet with the student to discuss the circumstances and the student’s expectations and outcome sought. The Officer will make every effort to assist the student and will discuss with the student possible options to address or resolve the matter, for example:
a) referral to suitable services or resources available at the University or in the community;
b) providing information to the student on how they can directly intervene in the situation on their own behalf;
c) communication with the person involved to inform that person of the alleged harassment and discrimination and that such conduct is unwelcome and must cease
e) filing a formal complaint and mediation
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
In the recruitment of students, the University of Ottawa offers scholarships to individuals with disabilities and Aboriginals in order to reduce barriers faced by these groups. The University partners with the Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) to support the enrollment, retention and academic success of Aboriginal students, and recruitment and retention of Aboriginal faculty and staff.
All of our job postings include a statement that we are an equal opportunity employer, and that we urge applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
Vision 2020 and the University has alternative admission options for Indigenous students.
There are nursing, law, and medicine programs with alternative admissions.
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa offers services to underrepresented groups (specifically the services for Students with Disabilities, International House, and the Pride Centre). These service centres offer support, counselling, and offer peer support to these groups specifically in order to strengthen and support these communities according to their specific needs.
Centre for Student with disabilities - http://sfuo.ca/csd/
International House - http://sfuo.ca/ihouse/
Pride Centre - http://sfuo.ca/pride/
The University has developed retention and success strategies for underrepresented groups, including a “mini-med” school to encourage Aboriginal students to enroll in Medical School, an Aboriginal Resource Centre, and a First Generation Program.
According to Ministry figures, the University has the highest number of Aboriginal students enrolled across the sector.
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?:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.