1. Respect and Safety at Carleton
    1. Policies
    2. Programs
  2. Seeking Support
    1. Witnessing Violence or Harassment
    2. Counselling
    3. An Environment Free of Reprisal

Respect and Safety at Carleton

Workplace violence and harassment will not be tolerated at Carleton University. Carleton is committed to the protection of the health, safety and well-being of all staff, faculty, students, and visitors of Carleton University and will take every precaution reasonable to prevent workplace violence and harassment and maintain an environment of respect and safety. The Violence and Harassment Prevention policies and programs have been created in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) and the Criminal Code of Canada. Their purpose is to provide guidelines on how to:

  • Develop and implement preventative measures
  • Report and investigate Workplace Violence and Harassment
  • Follow-up on incidents

Carleton’s workplace harassment and violence prevention policies and programs apply to students, visitors, volunteers and contractors engaged by the university. Carleton strives to promote a culture of safety and well-being. If you witness an act of violence or harassment on campus, be part of the culture and report it immediately.

Workplace violence is defined as:

  • The exercise of (or an attempt to exercise) physical force by a person against a worker that causes or could cause physical injury
  • A statement or behaviour that is reasonably interpreted by a worker as a threat to physical force against the worker in the workplace that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Workplace harassment is defined as:

  • Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome, or
  • Workplace sexual harassment;“Workplace Sexual Harassment”, as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, means,-  engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace because of sex, sexual orientation, gender identify or gender expression, where the comment or conduct is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome, or
  • Making a sexual solicitation or advance where the person making the solicitation or advance is in a position to confer, grant or deny a benefit or advancement to the worker and the person knows or ought reasonably to know that the solicitation or advance is unwelcome.

Shared Responsibility

There is a shared responsibility among the members of Carleton University to create and maintain an environment free from workplace violence and harassment. Anyone who is witness to an act of violence or harassment is responsible for bringing it to the attention of their Manager or to Campus Safety Services (CSS).

We all have the social responsibility of being positive role models and promoting a safe, violence and harassment-free environment in which to learn and work. The first step is completing the Respect and Safety (formerly Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention) Training.


The Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and the Workplace Harassment Prevention Policy reconfirm our commitment to a workplace free of violence and harassment, provide an overview of the responsibilities of all Carleton community members and outlines the procedures for reporting and investigating workplace violence and harassment.


Carleton’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program and Workplace Harassment Prevention Program outlines the steps that Carleton is taking to minimize the risk of violence and harassment in the workplace, respectively. The programs contain specific information on how to avoid, report, investigate and remediate violence and harassment incidents in the workplace.

Seeking Support

Witnessing Violence or Harassment

As a witness, it is your responsibility to report any incident involving violence and/or harassment to the victim’s or transgressor’s manager/supervisor. The manager/supervisor is responsible for taking the complaint seriously and taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all those involved. More information on reporting can be found here.

Violence and Harassment will not be tolerated at Carleton. We all play a role in building a respectful, safe workplace.


Members of Carleton’s community are urged to seek support if they have been victim to violence or harassment, or when experiencing stress or other personal difficulties. The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential counselling service offered without cost to Carleton’s employees and immediate family members. Carleton’s Health and Counselling services are available to students seeking support.

An Environment Free of Reprisal

It is strictly prohibited under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to engage in the reprisal of an employee who submits a complaint in good faith. Any person who engages in reprisal or threats of reprisal may be disciplined up to and including dismissal.