An inclusive and transformational university culture requires an environment free from discrimination, harassment and sexual violence where Indigenous ways of knowing and learning inform our systems and practices, and where equitable access to services and opportunities guides all university action.

For confidential inquiries related to harassment, discrimination and Accommodation response, please contact

Education, Training and Professional Development

The Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC) provides education, training and professional development for the entire Carleton community on the best practices to instill respect for and compliance with human rights in all facets of university operations and governance.

Attention to human rights at the university minimizes the human, financial and reputational costs arising from their non-observance.

Attention to human rights gives everybody equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in university activities including the receipt of services, jobs, housing, facilities, and contracts or agreements.

EIC provides:

  • education and professional development on human rights in the workplace
  • training on human rights and responsibilities for students in the receipt of services and engagement with the university community
  • education on what does not constitute a violation of human rights at the university.

Please review our complete listing of EIC human rights education, training and professional development offerings.

For information about customized or regularly scheduled education, training and professional development, please contact

Case Resolution

Discrimination and Harassment

EIC provides fair and impartial resolution of human rights-related concerns and complaints from faculty, staff, and students.

As required by provincial human rights legislation and related university policies, principally Carleton University’s Human Rights and Procedures policy, EIC responds to and receives concerns and complaints of harassment and discrimination on the grounds of age, race, citizenship, creed (including religious and non-religious systems of belief), disability (incl. mental health and addictions), family status (including pregnancy and care-giver responsibility), marital status, gender identity/expression, sex, and sexual orientation.

EIC provides confidential and non-adversarial informal complaint services using a variety of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms including negotiation and mediation. We collaborate with the parties to prevent escalation wherever possible, empower and educate community members as to their rights and responsibilities and assist in the timely resolution of human rights issues.

Individual as well as systemic formal complaints of harassment and discrimination may be received by EIC and are resolved in accordance with the university Human Rights and Procedures policy.

EIC works within legal frameworks and principles but does not provide legal advice.

Accommodation Response

A failure to appropriately accommodate disability, absent undue hardship on the university is a class of prohibited discrimination. If you have a concern or complaint relating to a failure to appropriately accommodate, please contact us.

You will find complete versions of the Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities policy, the Academic Accommodation Appeal Process for Students with Disabilities and others under our Policies and Procedures menu. For more information about Accessibility at Carleton, please view the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Carleton’s official Accessibility website.

If you require an employment or academic accommodation on the grounds of pregnancy, please complete this form.

For more information about religious obligations, click here.

Advisory Service

EIC advisory services contribute to the promotion and respect for human rights at the Carleton. Such advice is provided through one-on-one inquiries initiated by individual members of the community as well as through governance and committee structures established to operationalize the “mission critical values” of social justice, diversity and dignity for university members within all institutional priorities. Please review our Governance and Committees menu for a complete list.


To maintain accountability and to provide data about community human rights performance, EIC will produce reports showing the incidence of rights occurrences and inquires at the university. This information will inform and improve programs and planning across the Carleton University campus.