Equity and support services

The department strongly affirms the University's policies on equity and fairness, as detailed in the policy document GV0200. The general principles are outlined in the associated statement:

"The University promotes a safe, respectful and supportive learning and working environment for all members of the university community. The University fosters an environment characterized by fairness, openness, equity, and respect for the dignity and diversity of its members. The University strives to be a place that is free of discrimination and harassment, injustice and violence. The strength and vibrancy of the University is found in the diverse life experiences, backgrounds and worldviews of all its members." 

Students or other members of the department are encouraged to contact either department administration or any member of the ICEM Committee that deals with equity matters. The current membership of this committee is listed below.

Internal Communications, Equity and Mentoring Committee

The Equity and Human Rights Office (EQHR) provides leadership in policy matters, links to all associated university policies, and also support services for all members of campus. The office is located in Sedgewick Building C Wing - C115

Below you will find links and contact information for various support services on campus.

  • Counselling Services offer free professional, confidential, inclusive support to currently registered UVic students, including individual counselling, groups and workshops.
  • The International Office supports international students at UVic. The Marnie Swanson International Commons welcomes you, answers your questions, and provides academic programs and resources to support student success.
  • The Office of Indigenous Affairs supports the success of Indigenous students attending UVic, connecting students with educational, financial and cultural resources on campus and in local communities.
  • In case of a conflict situation with a staff or faculty member, students have access to free consultation with the Office of the Ombudsperson, which advocates fair procedures and offers information and guidance on students' rights & responsibilities, and UVic regulations & procedures.
  • The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) provides information about and support with academic accommodations. Their trained staff will help you to plan for success in your degree.
  • Student Mental Health supports positive student mental health and well-being, offering numerous resources, supports and opportunities.
  • The University of Victoria Students’ Society and the UVic Graduate Students' Society provides advocacy, representation, services, and events for its members.