Workplace Harassment, Policy on

Legislative History: Reviewed by President and Vice-Presidents, January 27, 2010. Approved by Board Governance and Human Resources Committee February 10, 2010. Approved by the Board of Governors February 22, 2010. Effective March 1, 2010. Re-approved by the Board of Governors 2013/06/24; 2014/06/23

Approval Authority: Board of Governors

Signature: Paul Cantor


Description: Describes the nature of workplace harassment and the University’s commitment to protect its workers from workplace harassment.


I.   Scope

This policy is intended to protect all persons working for York University including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.

II.  Definition

The term, “workplace harassment” means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.

Workplace harassment does not include rudeness unless extreme, demotion, legitimate performance management, operational directives, job assignments, inadvertent management errors, or a single incident unless grave or harmful.

III. Policy

  1. York University is committed to protecting all persons working for York University and shall take reasonable precautions to prevent workplace harassment.
  2. Anyone who engages in workplace harassment shall be subject to complaint procedures, investigation, remedies, sanctions and discipline up to and including termination.

IV.  Review

This policy shall be reviewed at least annually.

V.   Responsibility

The Vice-President Finance and Administration shall be responsible for establishing a program, guidelines and procedures to implement this policy.

VI.  Related Policies