The Sexual Harassment Office handles complaints of harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression at the University of Toronto. The Sexual Harassment Policy covers all members of the University community – staff, students, and faculty.
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention or unwanted emphasis on your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It includes any unwelcome pressure for sexual favours, any comments, gestures or other conduct which places an offensive focus on the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of another person, and any gender-based conduct that is directed at you and that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment for you.
The policy sets out a formal resolution procedure & provides for mediation, counselling & public education. Members of the University may also contact the office on an informal basis for information or assistance in resolving an issue. The Sexual Harassment Officer offers counsel to all those involved in a complaint, makes referrals to University or community resources, and mediates formal complaints. If you decide not to make a formal complaint, the Officer can suggest other ways to resolve a situation.
You can contact the office, on a completely confidential basis, if you are the target of harassment; if you are concerned that someone else may make a complaint about your conduct; if someone has come to you, as an administrator, with a report of sexual harassment; or if you want to know what resources and options are available.
- Calls to the office, and the complaints procedure itself, are confidential.
- You can contact the office just for advice or information: calling the office does not commit you to any formal process.
- The decision about how to proceed with a complaint is yours.
Responsibilities of the Sexual Harassment Officer include:
providing information & advice to all parties regarding sexual harassment complaints;
- acting as a non-partisan mediator in complaints;
- providing referrals to other offices & resources when appropriate;
- initiating & conducting public education activities such as talks, workshops, & the distribution of resource materials.
If you have been sexually assaulted, if you are being stalked, or if you otherwise fear for your personal safety, contact the Community Safety Office.