The Human Rights Policy and Human Rights Complaint Resolution Procedure for the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College campuses have been revised to ensure it reflects the current state of human rights in Ontario.
Bharat Sanini, Advisor for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity at Humber said the policy should be considered a “living document” as it is going through constant change and revision to ensure it is up to date with the current views on human rights in Ontario.
Sanini pointed out a key change to the policy is that it is now made much clearer that student to student complaints are addressed through the Code of Student Conduct while any complaint involving an employee is addressed through the Human Rights Policy at the Centre of Human Rights, Equity and Diversity.
Another key change Sanini mentioned is the lengths for investigation have now increased.
Finally, Sanini said the new policy now states all meetings involving complaints are to be recorded for accuracy and then transcribed so that only the transcribed version must be used for reference.
The policy applies to all members of the Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber community, including all students, employees, governors, contractors, suppliers of services, individuals who are connected to any college or university initiative, volunteers and visitors.
The centre is located on the fifth floor of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).
The centre acts on all complaints that come forward.
Sanini pointed out that the policy “ takes into account organizational resources and structure”.
Sanini said the review process involved both faculty and student input, taking place throughout the duration of last year.
This included a “participatory consultative approach” where both faculty and students participated in focus groups to review the current policy and recommend changes.
Sanini wanted to ensure everyone setting foot on campus understood “there is always a place to go” when you have a concern revolving your human rights.
Joshua Lee Wasswa, first-year computer programming at Humber said, “It’s reassuring to know if there is a problem, there is always somewhere to go, where it will be addressed”.
Wasswa said it is important policy’s like this stay current and up to date with whatever the needs of faculty or students may be.
The centre does its part to educate students on campus about their rights visiting classrooms and going through their policies.
Tynon Park, third-year visual communications at Guelph-Humber, said he was unaware of policy but feels safer now knowing about it.
Sanini said the policy is reviewed and revised roughly every five years.
Sanini said the Ontario Human Rights Commission mandates all employers have a human rights policy, therefore the campus can be no different.
Information for contacting the Centre of Human Rights and Diversity: http://hrs.humber.ca/support/get-connected.html#human-rights-equity-diversity
Information for contacting the Student Code of Conduct: https://humber.ca/knowthecode/filing-complaint