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Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Psychological Harassment (HR-38)


Concordia is proud of its commitment to the values of civility, equity, respect, non-discrimination, diversity and freedom from harassment, as well as its dedication to fostering a healthy work environment for employees.

All forms of harassment are an injury to the dignity and integrity of the individual and are not tolerated.

Policy overview

The Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Psychological Harassment (HR-38) guides the university's practices and helps ensure that Concordia complies with relevant laws and regulations.

The policy is designed to support Concordia community members to take all reasonable steps to:

  • maintain a climate of work that is devoid of harassment;
  • contribute to awareness, education and training that prevents harassing behaviour; 
  • provide support and redress to those who believe they have been subjected to harassing behaviour by outlining clear steps for resolution and what recourses are available.


Harassment is all forms of repeated or ongoing unwelcome and distressing conduct, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, psychological harassment or harassment based on a ground prohibited by law.

A single serious incident of such behaviour may constitute harassment if it has the same consequences of repeated or ongoing conduct and has a lasting harmful effect on a person.

Harassment has the effect or purpose of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s right to pursue their work, study, or other university activities in a safe and civil way or of creating an intimidating or hostile environment for such activities.

Take action as soon as possible. There are a number of ways you can proceed, including: 

  • if possible, speaking directly to the person who is harassing you, identifying the behaviour and asking them to stop and correct it;
  • if possible, discussing the situation with a manager or supervisor;
  • contacting Human Resources, specifically Employee and Labour Relations, by email at;
  • seeking assistance or advice from the Office of Rights and Responsibilities;
  • if applicable, speaking with your union representative.

You can get advice by contacting any of the following offices or people:

The Rights and Responsibilities Advisor can give you information, advice and support, explain options for resolving an issue and help decide on a course of action.

Any member of the university — student, staff or faculty member — who has a concern regarding the behaviour of a staff or faculty member that may constitute a form of harassment can consult the Office of Rights and Responsibilities.

The Rights and Responsibilities Advisor can assist with informal dispute resolution procedures or with a formal resolution process, as described in the Code of Rights and Responsibilities (BD-3).

For more information

If you have a question regarding the Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Psychological Harassment that isn’t covered on this page, please contact Human Resources or the Office of Rights and Responsibilities.

You can reach the Office of Rights and Responsibilities by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 8659, or by email at, or visit the office at the GM Building, 1550 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Room GM-1005.  

Human Resources is also available by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 3666, or by email at

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