Have you witnessed or been subject to mistreatment? We’re here to help. Find out how to get support or discuss an issue related to discrimination, bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct.
Mistreatment towards anyone in our UBC Engineering community is not acceptable.
Mistreatment is disrespectful or unprofessional behavior that has a negative effect on you or your learning environment, or conduct that is contrary to the principles that support a respectful environment. This includes making demeaning, offensive, belittling, and disrespectful comments, using abusive language, engaging in bullying, harassment, and discrimination.
Learn more about these principles and UBC’s commitment to a respectful environment, or download a copy here.
UBC students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct at all times throughout their degree. Breaking this code of conduct may lead to a student receiving non-academic misconduct. To learn more about the Student Code of Conduct and non-academic misconduct, please refer to the UBC Calendar.
Non-Academic Misconduct Process
- If you have experienced or witnessed non-academic misconduct, we welcome you to disclose or report it to a staff or faculty member
- If the incident occurred in a classroom:
- Contact your instructor or your department head
- If the incident occurred on a design team or other activity outside of the classroom:
- If the incident occurred while on a co-op work term:
- Contact your co-op advisor
- You are also welcome to connect with an advisor in Engineering Academic Services at any time
- The person you contacted will meet with you to discuss your concerns
- Students have the option to disclose (share information only, with no further action), or report (action taken to manage the situation) an incident.
- If the student decides to report an incident, the person receiving the report will work with the APSC Dean’s office to determine next steps and any action that needs to be taken
- In some cases of a reported concern, and depending on the severity of the incident, the incident will be escalated to the Student Conduct Manager, and an investigation will be conducted:
- The Student Conduct Manager will consider the allegations and determine the means of investigation
- If the Student Conduct Manager believes that non-academic misconduct has occurred, the Student Conduct Manager will propose a resolution
- If the student does not agree or comply with the resolution, the matter will be referred to the Non-academic Misconduct Committee
- A record of the allegations and any decisions made as a result of the allegations will be retained in the student’s file
UBC does not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. UBC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy SC-17) was developed to create a system of support for those impacted by sexualized violence, through the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office’s (SVPRO), as well as a separate voluntary reporting and investigation system through the Investigations Office.
If you have experienced or been impacted by any form of sexual or gender-based violence or harassment, we encourage you to reach out to SVPRO. SVPRO is confidential and can support students who are considering, or currently navigating, reporting to the police or UBC. Reporting is always voluntary and is not required to access their support services.
Student Support at UBC Engineering
Report concerns or share feedback with UBC Engineering’s Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
If you have you would like to report or disclose non-academic misconduct or mistreatment, please review the process above. You are always welcome to reach out to Sara Buse (email@example.com) or an Engineering Academic Services Advisor if you have any concerns or would like to share feedback. Additionally, you can reach out to the Associate Dean, of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Sheryl Staub-French at firstname.lastname@example.org
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDI.I) Feedback Survey
In order for us to continue to improve the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDI.I) in our programs and services we invite your feedback regarding your EDI.I experiences within the Faculty and recommendations on the following topics:
- Extra and co-curricular activities
- Mistreatment or inappropriate conduct that you have experienced or witnessed
- Ongoing concerns or challenges
- Workplace culture
- Physical environment
All feedback and recommendations submitted are anonymous, and the system is intended for general information only. We cannot accept or respond to claims about individual students, staff, or faculty members, and this system cannot be used to resolve specific concerns or situations.
UBC Engineering’s Embedded Counsellor
You may book an appointment with UBC Engineering’s own embedded counsellor, Gordon Lai, to discuss any concerns that may be impacting your personal, professional, or academic life. Alternatively, you can also access other wellness services across the university.
Student Support and Resources from across UBC
Office of the Ombudsperson
This office is focused on ensuring students of the UBC community are treated fairly and can learn, work, and live in a fair, equitable, and respectful environment. This office is your one-stop shop for any information you need about policies and procedures, avenues to pursue for support, options for seeking resolutions, and objective and practical advice on any matter.
Equity and Inclusion Office (human rights advising)
The UBC Equity and Inclusion office provides a full range of services that support employment equity, education, leadership and proactive initiatives while building resiliency and a respectful environment.
If you feel you may have been subjected to discrimination you can request advising here (Please allow up to two weeks to process your request).
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO)
SVPRO is a confidential place for those who have experienced or been impacted by any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm, regardless of where or when it took place. SVPRO can provide information and support for anyone considering reporting sexual misconduct or those who are currently navigating reporting to the police or to UBC.
This is a safe space for all, designed to respect unique and multiple identities and experiences. All genders and sexualities are welcome. SVPRO is not designed for those wishing to file a report to the police or campus investigations, but they can help you navigate your options.
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)
The SASC is committed to the education, support and empowerment of people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence. SASC provides free and confidential services to UBC students, staff, faculty and those connected to the campus community.
- crisis and short-term emotional support
- support groups
- safety planning
- education and outreach
Report sexual misconduct
For action by UBC, you may report sexual misconduct to the UBC Investigations Office. This is separate from reporting to the police.
Centre for Accessibility
The Centre for Accessibility provides support and program initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with a disability or ongoing medical condition. They provide support for students with a disability or ongoing medical condition including academic accommodations, exam accommodations, financial support and assistance.