EDI is everyone’s responsibility – An overview of Sheridan’s policies

By Alicia Sullivan

Sheridan College lists numerous academic and administrative policies and procedures in its Policy and Procedure Management system. It’s essential that all students, faculty members and staff are familiar with the contents of these policies and procedures to successfully navigate the institution, and to fulfil their professional responsibilities. 

While all of Sheridan’s policies and procedures are important, for the purpose of this article, a brief introduction to the mandate of Sheridan’s Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) and the policies/procedures guiding its operation is provided below.

CEI’s primary function is to foster a learning and working environment that values the diversity of everyone, promotes inclusiveness, and is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.  The Centre offers services to all members of the Sheridan community, including: consultations, education and training, dispute resolution and coordinating legislative compliance.

Here are three policies that you should become familiar with:

  1. Accessibility Policy  outlines Sheridan’s responsibilities under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and other legislation to provide goods, services and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. 
  1. Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedure governs Sheridan’s responsibility to provide a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment in accordance with legislation.
  1. Sexual Violence Policy, Sexual Violence Procedure – Employees  and Sexual Violence Procedure – Students ensure that those affected by sexual violence are believed and appropriately accommodated, and requires the proper investigation and reporting of these matters, as per legislation.

If you have any questions, or if you believe that you may have experienced discrimination or harassment, you may contact Sheridan’s Centre for Equity and Inclusion at equity@sheridancollege.ca.

Alicia Sullivan is a diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights professional with Sheridan’s Centre for Equity and Inclusion

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