OTTAWA – Universities Canada’s members voted in favour of a new non-discrimination criterion at the association’s fall membership meeting today. The adopted criterion demonstrates member universities’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. It states:
“With respect to all institutional policies and practices, the institution affirms its commitment to equal treatment of all persons without discrimination, on the basis of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, sex, and sexual orientation, or other grounds identified in applicable human rights law.”
Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada, welcomed the decision as evidence of a consensus around the concept of equality in higher education. “Our diverse membership has come together around a shared commitment to non-discrimination, which sends a signal to Canadians that higher education in this country will treat all students, faculty and staff fairly.”
Current members of Universities Canada have until 2020 to make any required changes to meet the criterion. All prospective members will need to meet this new criterion – along with other criteria for membership – immediately.
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