How we can help

Our office exists to foster an equitable, inclusive, accessible and accommodating environment that is welcoming to persons of all ages, genders, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities, family statuses, faiths and analogous identities. The purpose of this office is to prevent and respond to discrimination and sexual violence; provide unimpeded access to Lakehead University services; and provide support and response mechanisms for those whose rights may have been violated.

We encourage diversity and offer a safe space where all University community members can feel welcome. Any information which is shared with our office is kept strictly confidential. The Office of Human Rights and Equity operates at arm's length to ensure separation and confidentiality. Meaning, we operate independently, and do not report to the provost, student services or human resources. You can feel safe knowing that your private information will be kept private and human rights processes are distinct from being a student or employee.

We handle cases based on any infringement of the enumerated protected grounds as well as sexual violence cases. If you or someone you know is the survivor of discrimination or sexual violence, we can provide you with a variety of next step options. These options can include, but are not limited to, informal resolutions through mediation, complaints to be heard and evaluated by an assessment committee; our office may also assist you with filing a police report or with reporting discrimination to the Human Rights Tribunal.

More than anything we want you to know that our office is here to provide you with support and respect, because it's not your fault. We will not only explain your options and inform you of your rights, but we can also get you in touch with a number of on-campus and/or off-campus support groups.

If you need somebody to talk to, or if you are just looking for more information, we strongly encourage you to connect with our office. We are located in room 5012 on the fifth floor of the library. We can also be reached by e-mail: humanrights@lakeheadu.ca or by calling xt 7765.

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