Human rights at the University of Alberta are shaped by international, national and provincial legislation, which has helped to define the University of Alberta’s revised Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate Policy.
All members of the university community have a responsibility to foster and promote a work, study and living environment free of discrimination and harassment. The purpose of this policy is to foster and protect a respectful environment for work, study and living that supports the dignity and equality of all members of the University of Alberta. According to this policy, the University of Alberta has legal and ethical responsibilities to promote an environment free of discrimination and harassment, while accommodating those individuals who require accommodations based on the protected grounds.
Advancing human rights is a community responsibility and is integral to creating a positive work, living and study environment at the University of Alberta. Our mandate is to create awareness of human rights and the various processes that are in place to resolve any human rights complaints raised by any staff, faculty members, students and post-doctoral fellows (PDFs). Our office delivers training workshops and educational awareness campaigns to ensure human rights principles are integrated into daily campus life. Our human rights education gives individuals on campus the necessary knowledge, skills and awareness to help prevent human rights violations, while fostering a culture of respect and inclusiveness here at the U of A.