Carleton University affirms diversity on the basis of sexual orientation among its faculty, staff, and students as a source of human excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength.

A person who believes that she/he has been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, may initiate a request for action or complaint through the Human Rights Conflict Resolution and Complaint Procedure. Discrimination and harassment can occur on the basis of one or more intersecting human rights grounds.

Equity Services deals with complaints of discrimination and harassment on human rights grounds, and provides impartial service to all. Our services are available to students, staff, and faculty of Carleton University.

The role of an Equity Advisor in a complaint is to:

  • Listen to the concerns of any member of the University community who is seeking advice or information regarding human rights matters, and/or believes that she or he is or may be a complainant or respondent in a human rights matter.
  • Inform the member of relevant University Human Rights Policies and Procedures.
  • Provide information on both the informal resolution processes and formal resolution complaint processes.
  • If necessary, make a referral to support services.
  • Facilitate or initiate informal resolution processes as agreed to by the complainant and/or respondent.
  • Refer formal complaints to the appropriate dispute resolution mechanism.

Any complainant who wishes to resolve her/his complaint through mediation, investigation, or formal complaint procedures, must be prepared to be identified to the respondent.

Although Equity Services deals with complaints, special emphasis is placed on prevention through education and training.

The Carleton University Human Rights Policies and Procedures apply to all members of the University community who are either students or employed by the University.