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Office of Rights & Responsibilities

Promoting Respect on Campus

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Under the direction of the Director and Senior Advisor, Rights and Responsibilities (the “Advisor”), the Office is mandated with administering the Code of Rights and Responsibilities (PDF) (the “Code”) and other related University policies. The Code sets standards of conduct for all University members (students, faculty, and staff).


Functions of the Office

  • Advise members who are experiencing a problem related to another member’s behaviour on campus
  • Assist members in addressing behavioural incidents and conflicts on campus
    Responses may range from the use of informal dispute resolution methods to formal procedures for adjudicating complaints.
    Remedies and sanctions attempt to restore harmony, collegiality, and cooperation.
  • Coordinate a procedure for identifying and managing behaviour that may pose a danger, and direct the University’s response to urgent cases
  • Promote through education and direct intervention the values of the Code as well as members’ rights and responsibilities
  • Make recommendations regarding situations which have the general effect of violating the rights of members
     
  • Advise members who are experiencing a problem related to another member’s behaviour on campus
  • Assist members in addressing behavioural incidents and conflicts on campus
    Responses may range from the use of informal dispute resolution methods to formal procedures for adjudicating complaints.
    Remedies and sanctions attempt to restore harmony, collegiality, and cooperation.
  • Coordinate a procedure for identifying and managing behaviour that may pose a danger, and direct the University’s response to urgent cases
  • Promote through education and direct intervention the values of the Code as well as members’ rights and responsibilities
  • Make recommendations regarding situations which have the general effect of violating the rights of members

  • The Code of Rights and Responsibilities

    The Code of Rights and Responsibilities (PDF) is intended to promote and protect the values of civility, equity, respect, non-discrimination and an appreciation of diversity as well as support members who have experienced or are experiencing conduct that violates these fundamental values. All members may reasonably expect to pursue their work, studies, and other activities related to University life in a safe and civil environment. As such, members are expected to refrain from violating the Code. The following offences are prohibited under the Code:

    • Abuse of computer privileges
    • Discrimination or communication of a discriminatory manner
    • Forgery or altering university documents
    • Harassment (psychological, sexual)
    • Hazing
    • Illegal offenses occurring in the University context
    • Misuse of the University name or logo
    • Obstruction or disruption of university activity
    • Possession of controlled substances or weapons
    • Theft or wilful damage of property
    • Threatening or violent conduct
    • Trespassing

    (For a complete list of infractions and procedures, please consult the Code (PDF)).


    When to consult the Office

    If you have a problem related to someone’s behaviour on campus and you are not sure how to deal with it, the Office can help you evaluate your options and make an informed choice of what steps to take.

    • Any University member may consult the Office
    • Consultations are confidential
    • The Advisor is impartial
    • The Office is independent in carrying out its duties

    You do not have to file a complaint in order to get information or advice. In most cases informal resolution is both possible and desirable. If the situation warrants, the Advisor can guide you on how to proceed with a formal complaint. If it is necessary to file a formal complaint, the Code places great emphasis on fairness and natural justice.

    You may also get advice for situations that may be happening off campus. Although the University cannot intervene in these situations, the Advisor will try to give you information, advice and support.

    The full text of the Code can be found in the University calendars and online in English and in French.


    Contact us for an appointment

    Tel.: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8659
    Fax: (514) 848-4515
    Email: rights@concordia.ca


    Download the Office of Rights and Responsibilities poster

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    In English
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    In French
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