The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) handles complaints of harassment and discrimination (direct and systemic) based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship and/or creed* in accordance with the University’s Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment.
*A note about “Creed” — The term creed is interpreted to mean “religious creed” or “religion” by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
How can I reach the ARCDO?
The ARCDO will, as much as possible, preserve confidentiality as legally required or permitted. You may contact us for details and exception.
Who can contact the ARCDO?
Any member of the U of T tri-campus community (University of Toronto Scarborough, St. George Campus and University of Toronto Mississauga) may contact the office for confidential advice, information and assistance with concerns and/or complaints based on the human rights protected grounds mentioned above.
When should I contact the ARCDO?
You may contact the ARCDO when you:
- have questions about discrimination and harassment relating to race, ancestry, ethnicity, colour, citizenship or your faith;
- want information about the application of the University’s Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment;
- are looking for ways to respond to or resolve an issue of harassment or discrimination based on any of the aforementioned grounds;
- have concerns that a practice, policy or procedure could be discriminatory based on any of the aforementioned grounds.
How will the ARCDO assist me with my concern or complaint?
The ARCDO receives, responds to, resolves conflict and manages complaints under the University’s Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment. It provides:
- guidance and assistance to all members of the University community including students, faculty and staff, administrators, managers, recipients of University services, including visitors, who have questions about possible harassment and discrimination;
- information and advice to any member of the U of T community and staff on policy interpretation including on matters of religious accommodation in the scheduling of classes and examination and for religious observances; and
- provides referrals to other offices and resources as appropriate.