Governing Documents: Academic
Effective Date:
November 17, 2009
Revised Date:
Review Date:
November 17, 2019
Approving Body:
Board of Governors
Director, Financial Aid and Awards
Applies to:

1.0 Reason for Policy

1.1 The principal purpose of the policy on the Non-acceptance of discriminatory awards is to ensure that student awards (scholarships, prizes, fellowships, and bursaries, etc.) that are approved by the Senate Committee on Awards and established at the University of Manitoba adhere to the tenets of the Manitoba Human Rights Code. The object is to ensure that the student award program at the University does not directly or indirectly exclude any group(s) of students on the basis of those characteristics set out in the Manitoba Human Rights Code, in a manner that may violate the code.
1.2 The policy on the Non-acceptance of discriminatory awards provides for exceptions by authorizing the Senate Committee on Awards and the Senate to establish awards that support and encourage the educational goals of groups of students who are under-represented in the student population of the University and who have been exposed to systemic discrimination. In such cases, the establishment of discriminiatory awards is intended to encourage these students to pursue higher education and to increase their enrolment at the University.

2.0 Policy Statement

2.1 As a matter of principle, the University of Manitoba will not administer any new scholarship, prize, fellowship, or bursary that discriminates on the bases of the 'applicable characteristics' enumerated in section 9(2) of the Manitoba Human Rights Code (proclaimed in force December 10, 1987, and as amended from time to time).

Exceptions are occasionally warranted when it can be demonstrated that systemic discrimination may exist that results in the under-representation of identified sub-populations in Manitoba and/or when the proposed award has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups, including those who are disadvantaged because of any applicable characteristic referred to in subsection 9(2) of the Manitoba Human Rights Code. Any exception to this principle shall be made only with the consent of the unit concerned, the Senate Committee on Awards, and the Senate. A request for such an exception shall be indicated by the Committee on Awards.

3.0 Accountability

3.1 The University Secretary is responsible for advising the President that a formal review of the Policy is required.

3.2 It is the responsibility of the Senate Committee on Awards and the Senate to review terms of reference for all new awards (e.g., scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, prizes, medals, exhibitions, etc.) and to ensure that these terms comply with the Policy.

4.0 Secondary Documents

4.1 The Approving Body may approve Procedures which are secondary to and comply with this Policy.


5.0 Review

5.1 Formal Policy reviews will be conducted every ten (10) years. The next scheduled review date for this Policy is November 17, 2019.

5.2 In the interim, this Policy may be revised or rescinded if:

(a) the Approving Body deems necessary; or
(b) the relevant Bylaw, Regulations or Policy is revised or rescinded.

5.3 If this Policy is revised or rescinded, all Secondary Documents will be reviewed as soon as reasonably possible in order to ensure that they:

(a) comply with the revised Policy; or
(b) are in turn rescinded.

6.0 Effect on Previous Statements

6.1 This Policy supersedes the following:

(a) all previous Board/Senate Policies, Procedures, and resolutions on the subject matter contained herein; and
(b) all previous Administration Policies, Procedures, and directives on the subject matter contained herein;
(c) this Policy supersedes Policy 319 Non-acceptance of discriminatory scholarships, bursaries, or fellowships (effective date March 22, 1979)

7.0 Cross References