President Kevin Hall’s statement on actions being taken to address harassment on campus

Updated: Jan. 27, 2023

I want to assure the university community—as well as those who have provided comments from further away—that we are taking action to address the discriminatory, harassing behaviour that some of our students have been experiencing on campus.  

This behaviour is not—and will not—be tolerated at UVic. We’re committed to creating a campus that is safe, supportive and inclusive. When incidents like the ones raised by members of the Ukrainian Students Society occur, we as an institution need to take a hard look at how this happened and amend policies, approaches or processes that don’t align with our vision for the campus. 

To this end, I have exercised my authority under UVic’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy to launch an investigation into this matter. This process is designed to identify responsible parties and support the building of a safer, more inclusive campus.

We also encourage members of our community to bring forward incidents of hate, harassment and discrimination to our Equity and Human Rights office (EQHR). EQHR will work with campus partners, including our student societies, to support the best possible outcome. Campus security also cooperates with the police to investigate reports of hate on campus, as they are criminal matters.  

The impact of discriminatory, harassing behaviour can weigh heavily on all of us and there are supports for students, staff and faculty on campus who may need it.

Kevin Hall, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor

Jan. 26, 2023

Discrimination and harassment are never okay. At UVic, we work hard to prevent bullying and harassment, and to act on complaints of such behaviour promptly, fairly and judiciously.

The university is aware of complaints of harassment brought forward by the Ukrainian Students Society. While undergraduate student clubs are part of the UVSS, we have met with them to support a resolution.

We're here to support members of our community. We encourage students involved in this matter—or who are experiencing any discrimination and harassment—to reach out to the Office of Equity and Human Rights if they would like to pursue individual allegations of bullying or harassment.


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