Any member of the Ryerson community who believes they have been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of any of the prohibited grounds listed in the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy is encouraged to discuss that matter with Human Rights Services. Human Rights Services does not advocate for any individual or group and does not take sides on an issue. We will listen to the concerns and assess whether they fall within the jurisdiction of Ryerson’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy.
Where the concerns are outside of the policy’s jurisdiction or where they would be more appropriately dealt with under another policy or agreement, Human Rights Services will make the appropriate referral.
Where the concerns are within the jurisdiction of Ryerson’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy, we will inform the person raising the concerns of various options and methods for dealing with the situation. We will also inform the person raising the concerns of any external avenues of redress such as the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the police, the courts and/or a collective agreement. The person raising the concerns may explore these alternative avenues of redress even while steps are being taken under Ryerson’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy. It should be noted, however, that one cannot pursue a grievance under a collective agreement while at the same time proceeding under this policy and these procedures.
A grievance may be “set aside” on an interim basis, pending the outcome of Human Rights Services’ intervention. If that intervention is not satisfactory to the griever, they may resume the grievance. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal may advise a complainant to exhaust the avenues available within Ryerson before proceeding with a complaint at the Tribunal. Although individuals may initiate action on their own when they feel they have been discriminated against or harassed, they are encouraged to consult with Human Rights Services to discuss options.