Bullying & Harassment

Simon Fraser University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from bullying and harassment and in which all members of the University community are treated in a fair and respectful manner. 

Harassment and bullying behaviour can occur in several forms including Discriminatory, Personal, and Workplace.  The chart below outlines these different forms of harassment.  The University has several resources for dealing with bullying and harassment such as the Student Code of Conduct, Collective Agreements, and the Human Rights Policy.  The SFU Workplace Bullying and Harassment Program is not meant to circumvent any existing mechanisms currently in place to address bullying or harassment behaviour on campus.  This program has been developed in accordance with WorkSafeBC legislation with the primary goal of preventing or minimizing incidents of bullying and harassment experienced by employees in the workplace. All personal information collected within any SFU Workplace Bullying & Harrassment process will be handled in accordance with SFU's adherence to BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

This webpage provides information and training on SFUs Workplace Bullying & Harassment Program including prevention strategies, reporting mechanisms and guidance for addressing complaints. 

All members of the SFU Community

SFU employees

Discriminatory and Personal Harassment are addressed by the SFU Human Rights and Equity Office and defined in SFU Policy GP-18 as:    

Discriminatory Harassment - Harassment based on a prohibited ground of discrimination.  Behaviour directed towards another person or persons that:

  • is abusive or demeaning; and
  • includes direct or indirect reference to a prohibited ground of discrimination under British Columbia's Human Rights Code; and
  • would be viewed by a reasonable person experiencing the behaviour as an interference with her/his participation in a University-related activity.

Personal Harassment -  Behaviour directed towards a specific person or persons that :

  • Serves no legitimate purpose; and
  • Would be considered by a reasonable person to create an intimidating, humiliating, or hostile work or learning environment.

Individuals experiencing discriminatory or personal harassment should contact the Human Rights and Equity Office for assistance. 

Workplace Bullying and Harassment

WorkSafe BC defines as: 

any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but excludes any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers.

Additional information on SFU's Workplace Bullying and Harassment Program can be found here.