What is Sexual Harassment?
The Ministry of the Attorney General defines sexual harassment as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct of a sexual nature that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to be offensive. It is deliberate and/or repeated unsolicited comments, questions, representations and/or physical contact which are of a sexual nature.”
The Canadian Human Rights Commission broadly defines harassment, some of which is sexual in nature, as:
- Verbal abuse or threats;
- Unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendo or disrespectful comments about a person’s body, clothing, age, marital status, ethnic or religious background;
- Showing offensive or disrespectful pictures;
- Practical jokes that cause embarrassment or awkwardness;
- Unwelcome invitations or requests;
- Leering or other gestures;
- Condescending behavior that takes away a person’s self-respect;
- Unnecessary physical contact.
- Sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
- It is the responsibility of all students to refrain from acts of sexual harassment against other students, employees and other individuals with whom they have contact during the course of their studies.
- Students have a specific method of redress to follow in the event they are subject to sexual harassment.
- It is the responsibility of all individuals, to be sensitive to the possible existence of sexual harassment and to act quickly and appropriately to put an end to it.
- Employees or students who have engaged in sexual harassment of others will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
For further information please visit website of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Ontario, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan: