What is Discrimination-Based Harassment?

    • Discrimination‐based harassment is a form of discrimination that adversely affects the recipient on one or more of the prohibited grounds under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

      Discrimination‐based harassment as defined above is behaviour or the effect of behaviour, whether direct or indirect, which meets one of the following conditions:

      • Creates a poisoned environment
      • Is abusive or demeaning
      • Would be viewed by a reasonable person experiencing the behaviour or effect of the behaviour, as an interference with her/his participation in a University‐related activity.

      Harassment under the B.C. Human Rights Code is discriminatory, unwelcome behaviour that detrimentally affects the learning or work environment. It is based on one or more of the following grounds listed in the Code:


      age place of origin
      ancestry political belief
      colour race
      family status religion
      marital status sex/gender
      mental disability sexual orientation

      physical disability