Respectful Environment (2018 Archive)

Dr. Santa Ono

What’s more important than just having a diverse community, however, is being a community where people feel supported and welcomed – a community where each one of us can thrive, and where our differences are respected and embraced.

Building a more inclusive campus community
Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia

Attending this conference, whether you’ve travelled to get here or simply walked across campus, is an investment of your valuable time and resources. The Organizing Committee and the Centre for Teaching and Learning are committed to providing a safe, respectful, and productive environment so you can fully engage in learning with your peers and colleagues.

The University of British Columbia’s commitment to a respectful environment states,

Excellence in learning, research and work in the university community is fostered by promoting the freest possible exchange of information, ideas, beliefs and opinions in diverse forms, and it necessarily includes dissemination and discussion of controversial topics and unpopular points of view. Respect for the value of freedom of expression and promotion of free inquiry are central to the University’s mission.

However, these freedoms cannot exist without an equally vigorous commitment to recognition of and respect for the freedoms of others, and concern for the well-being of every member of the university community. Excellence in scholarship, teaching and employment activities flows from active concern and respect for others, including their ability to participate meaningfully in the exchange of information, ideas, beliefs and opinions.

Every one of us in this community has a responsibility to create and maintain this environment by not engaging in (and taking steps to prevent) harassment, bullying, and other disrespectful behaviours including

  • cumulative demeaning or intimidating comments, gestures, or conduct
  • verbal aggression or yelling
  • threats to a person’s employment or educational status, person, or property
  • persistent comments or conduct, including ostracism or exclusion of a person, that undermines an individual’s self-esteem so as to compromise their ability to achieve work or study goals
  • abuse of power, authority, or position
  • sabotage of a person’s work
  • humiliating initiation practices, hazing
  • calling someone derogatory names
  • spreading of malicious rumours or lies
  • making malicious or vexatious complaints about a person
  • discrimination (unjustified differential treatment of a person or group of people) based age, ancestry, colour race, citizenship, ethnic origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex and sexual orientation
  • any form of sexual violence inclusive of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism or distribution of sexually explicit photographs

If you experience or witness harassment, bullying, or other disrespectful behaviours:

  • If there’s an immediate threat to your safety, contact Campus Security at 250-807-8111.
  • Speak with a member of the Conference Organizing Committee: look for the green stripe on their name badge
    Conference Organizing Committee members have a green "Organizing Committee" label on their namebadge.
  • Speak with someone at the Conference Registration Desk in the EME foyer.
  • If you have experienced a sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other form of sexual violence or misconduct, contact Shilo St. Cyr, Director of the UBC Okanagan Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at 250-575-8586 or SVPRO is a single point of contact and liaison for UBC students, faculty, and staff and can provide confidential personal support, facilitate referrals to campus and community resources, and identify and coordinate appropriate accommodations.The SVPRO can also provide information on reporting options and support through the reporting process. If you are supporting a survivor, the SVPRO can provide information and support to you in this role.

For more information

UBC Respectful Environment Statement (PDF)
Policy #3: Discrimination and Harassment (PDF)
Policy #131: Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct (PDF)