Guidelines for Raising Concerns
Concordia values respect, fairness, inclusiveness, and diversity. If you work or study in the Faculty of Fine Arts and have concerns that touch on these issues, you can bring them forward. Because situations vary and individuals have different needs and comfort levels, a variety of options exist. The following possibilities for acting may be pursued separately or together.
1. DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR OR SUPERVISOR
Some concerns can be most effectively and productively addressed directly between the parties involved. In many situations, a discussion after class may be all that is required. Or you might consider drafting an email to your instructor or supervisor, explaining that you have a concern about something that has happened, and requesting an in-person meeting to discuss it. You may request to bring a friend or resource person; student advocacy services are available through the University and the CSU.
2. DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS WITH THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR OR PROGRAM DIRECTOR
You may choose to raise your concerns with the department chair or program director. Chairs and program heads are trained on how to respond to concerns and complaints.
3. DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY
- The Advisor, Office of Rights and Responsibilities.
(514) 848-2424 ext 8659
The office offers impartial and independent services to those with concerns about the behaviour of any member of the Concordia community. The office bases its work on a number of university policies, most notably Concordia’s Code of Rights and Responsibilities
- Equity Office
The Equity Office champions diversity within and outside Concordia and works to embed equity in all facets of university life by acting intentionally, by affirming and aligning equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility work and initiatives, and by amplifying marginalized voices.
- The Faculty of Fine Arts’ Associate Dean, Faculty Relations and Inclusion.
Kristina Huneault, firstname.lastname@example.org (514) 848-2424 ext. 4703
If your concerns relate to a faculty member or teaching assistant, or touch specifically on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, you may consult the Associate Dean.
- A counsellor at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre.
(514) 848-2424 ext. 3353
For any matters pertaining to sexual violence (including harassment or inappropriate behaviour) the SARC offers single-point-of-contact service, providing support to survivor-victims and aiding them to navigate their various options for redress.
- The Ombuds Office
(514) 848-2424 ext. 8658
The Ombuds Office promotes fairness in the university and assists in the informal resolution of concerns and complaints related to the application of university policies, rules and procedures.
- Black Perspectives Office
The Black Perspectives Office resources, connect, and advocates for Black communities, perspectives, initiatives, and scholarship at Concordia University.
The university takes confidentiality and freedom from reprisal seriously. If you have concerns about these matters, our offices will discuss them with you fully, so that you may make an informed decision before proceeding.