Human Rights Services works to promote an equitable and inclusive campus community, free from discrimination and harassment based on the protected grounds identified in the Ontario Human Rights Code. Human Rights Services is one of the units that make up the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI).
Our services are free, confidential and available to Ryerson community members. We do not advocate for any individual or group. We advocate for fairness and for a community where the dignity and human rights of all its members are respected and upheld.
Prevention through education and partnerships
Prevention through education is one of our key goals. We work to empower individuals, groups and units with the tools to address human rights concerns. Education and awareness helps to ensure that our work is preventative rather than reactive and promotes a campus community that values the integrity and human rights of all our members.
Contact us if you want to learn more about human rights issues, the law and the rights and responsibilities of all Ryerson community members. We can provide:
- Educational sessions and seminars (customizable to the needs of your specific team, department or unit).
- One-on-one coaching and consultation to suit your unique needs and requirements.
You may choose to file a complaint or seek a resolution to a human rights or sexual violence matter
Human Rights Services offers free and confidential complaint resolution services to Ryerson students, faculty, staff and commnity members based on the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy and the Sexual Violence Policy.
We can guide you through the process for filing a complaint, consultations and provide alternate forms of resolution. We offer:
- free and confidential human rights and sexual violence complaint resolution services
- information about the options available to address human rights concerns through consultation, conciliation and investigation
- conciliation through mediation when parties involved agree that an alternate resolution is possible and preferable to an investigation
- investigation of complaints where appropriate
We also provide referrals to the appropriate services when a complaint does not fall under our jurisdiction and connections to supports on matters involving sexual violence.
Changes to in-person services: COVID-19 pandemic
Effective March 2020, Ryerson is operating on an essential services model. Human Rights Services is working remotely and available via phone or email and available for virtual/phone appointments as required.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. You can contact us with any human rights and/or sexual violence-related concerns or complaints at Ryerson. Ryerson University’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy states that a complainant must normally file a complaint of discrimination or harassment within 12 months from the time of alleged incident(s). There is no restriction on the length of time a complaint can be filed under the Sexual Violence Policy.
As the university has moved to an essential services model in order to prevent further transmission of COVID-19, we are not able to meet in person. We are available to connect with you by phone or video conferencing. Please contact us. If needed, we can set up a virtual or phone appointment.
While we are not on campus, the Human Rights Services team is still working remotely full-time and doing our best to provide timely advice, consultations and investigations, in partnership with other units on campus and with external investigators. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be delays. While we endeavour to update you as we receive information, you are welcome to contact us to check in regarding the status of the investigation in which you are involved.
Yes. We encourage you to contact us. We will connect with you to learn more about your complaint.