RWLE Policy: What You Need to Know

The University of Manitoba hosts a large, diverse community of students and staff.  The Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management can help you with specific concerns regarding Human Rights, Personal Harassment and Sexual Harassment.  The Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management promotes human rights at the University and assists with the administration of the University’s policy on a Respectful Work and Learning Environment.

Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy and Procedures can be found at the following address:

http://umanitoba.ca/admin/governance/governing_documents/community/230.htm

The University of Manitoba supports a climate of respect in the workplace and in the learning environment where individuals or groups of individuals are free from harassment and discrimination. 

Human Rights

The University of Manitoba is bound by The Human Rights Code (Manitoba) which can be found at the following address:

The University of Manitoba is bound by (Manitoba) which can be found at the following address: 

http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/h175e.php

The Human Rights and Conflict Management Officer will provide information and assistance to you if you have a concern regarding discrimination or harassment in the human rights area, and will assist in resolving your concern informally.  If informal resolution is not possible, an Investigation Officer can be designated to investigate formal complaints of discrimination and harassment against an individual or group. 

What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is the differential treatment, whether intended or not, of an individual or group of individuals, on the basis of the characteristics set out in the Human Rights Code and RWLE Policy.  These characteristics include such things a race, religion or gender.  Not all differential treatment is discriminatory, and may be justified by, for example, reasonable requirements or qualifications.

Personal Harassment

Personal Harassment includes objectionable and unwelcome comments or actions directed toward a specific person or group of persons which serve no legitimate work or academic related purpose, and have the effect of creating an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive environment.

Examples of personal harassment may include, but are not limited to: repeated or continuous incidents of yelling, or name-calling; repeated or continuous threats to terminate employment or contracts for reasons unrelated to performance; repeated or continuous threats to withdraw funding, scholarships or advancement opportunities for reasons unrelated to performance; and comments addressed to a person which have the effect of undermining a person’s role in the workplace or classroom.

Sexual Harassment

The basis for interaction among all members of the University Community is mutual respect, cooperation and understanding.  Because sexual harassment violates fundamental rights, personal dignity and personal integrity, the University considers sexual harassment in all its forms to be a serious offense.

Sexual harassment can include:

  • Unwanted sexual attention of a persistent or abusive nature
  • Implied or expressed promise of reward for complying with a sexual oriented request
  • Reprisal or threat of reprisal for refusal to comply with a sexually oriented request
  • Sexually oriented behaviour when it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment

The Human Rights and Conflict Management Officer is available to provide advice and assistance to students and staff who believe they have experienced such behaviour and will assist in resolving your concerns informally. 

If informal resolution is not possible, an Investigation Officer may investigate any formal complaint.  A finding that the Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy has been breached can result in disciplinary action being taken against the harasser.

You can contact The Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management:
by calling:                    204-474-6348 (confidential voicemail)
or by e-mailing:           Human.Rights@umanitoba.ca