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On Campus Housing

The Community Living Handbook outlines everything you need to know about living in your new home, including your rights and responsibilities in the residence community. This is an important document that all current and prospective residents should read to better understand the community you are joining, the rights and expectations we all share, and the potential consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

Students who have been accused of violating the community living standards, may appeal Verbal or Written Warning, On Notice and/or On Probation Sanctions to the Director of Resident Services five (5) University business days from the receipt of follow up letter.

Off Campus Housing

Living off campus can be fun and exciting but it can also come with challenges living with roommates and having to deal with a landlord.  The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) provides information about residential tenancy law to tenants across British Columbia.  TRAC’s purpose is to promote the legal protection of residential tenants across British Columbia by providing information, education, support and research on residential tenancy matters. Click here to contact TRAC.

Employment Standards

The law in B.C. sets standards for payment, compensation and working conditions in most workplaces. The standards promote open communication, fair treatment and life-work balance for employees concerning wages and statutory entitlements. In most situations, employers have to abide by the BC Employment Standards Act. Please note if you are in a union, a collective agreement may be in place to resolve workplace issues. Click here to review helpful information or you can contact the Employment Standards Branch to speak to someone about your issue.

Discrimination and Harassment

UVic strives to prevent discrimination and harassment from taking place, and to act upon complaints of such behaviour promptly, fairly, judiciously and with due regard to confidentiality for all parties concerned.

Under the discrimination and harassment policy, UVic recognizes that education about human rights and the development of work and learning cultures that value diversity and inclusion and foster respect are key to preventing discrimination and harassment.

The policy addresses several areas of discrimination and harassment:

  • Prohibited grounds of discrimination set out in the British Columbia Human Rights Code
  • Sexual harassment
  • Personal harassment
  • Workplace bullying and harassment for employees

See resources on and off campus if you are affected by discrimination, harassment or bullying or contact us to discuss your situation.

Sexualized Violence

Sexualized violence is unacceptable. Everyone at UVic has the right to live, learn, work and play in an environment free from sexualized violence. This means ensuring that respect and consent inform all our relationships on campus, including with friends, peers, colleagues, team members, and service providers.

If you need emergency help please call 9-1-1 or view these support options.

If you have questions or need advice in relation to the sexualized violence prevention and response policy (GV0245) or if you wish to make a disclosure and/or report, please call the sexualized violence resource office: 250-721-8021 or email Leah Shumka at svpcoordinator@uvic.ca.

Student Conduct:

The Office of Student Life works directly with the university community to help resolve non-academic student conduct concerns. The office administers the university’s Resolution of Non-Academic Misconduct Allegations policy and serves as a supportive resource to the university community.

Office of Student Life helps to resolve non-academic misconduct issues by:

  • helping to support the informal resolution of conduct matters (e.g. direct, respectful communication between parties where possible and appropriate)
  • receiving and reviewing formal allegations of non-academic student misconduct
  • conducting reviews of formal misconduct allegations
  • determining if an investigation is required
  • investigating formal misconduct allegations
  • determining or recommending a reasonable course of action after investigation

Examples of non-academic misconduct include:

  • Highly disruptive behaviour
  • Theft or vandalism
  • Health and safety risks
  • Verbal or written threats
  • High-risk drug or alcohol use
  • Physical violence

If you are unclear whether the incident is able to be resolved informally or requires a formal investigation, you can contact the Office of Student Life.

Contact the Ombudsperson if you have problems and unsure where to get the help you need or need a confidential consultation.