As an employer, Carleton is committed to ensuring the protection of health, safety and well-being of all staff and faculty.

What does Workplace Violence mean?

  • The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker
  • An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker
  • A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.

Workplace harassment means:

  • Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.

Workplace harassment may include bullying, intimidating or offensive jokes or innuendos, displaying or circulating offensive pictures or materials, or offensive or intimidating phone calls.

Role of Human Resources

In the early stages of a complaint/concern, Human Resources’ role is to assess and guide managers and staff members in determining the appropriate course of action.  As part of determining the suitable course of action, HR will decide if the action should be looked into by Equity Services, University Safety, or HR.  If it is determined that HR will be looking into the matter, HR will take the appropriate measures to ensure that the necessary processes are put in place.

Human Resources
507 Robertson Hall
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
(613) 520-2600 ext. 3634
email: humanreources@carleton.ca

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