Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any upcoming workshops?
Yes; you can find out what workshops we will be hosting here.

I don’t think I received a fair mark on an assignment. Can REI help me?
No, this is an academic matter and there is a grade re-appraisal process you can pursue.

I wear my hijab while teaching, but I’m afraid my students may feel uncomfortable. What’s your opinion on this?
The University values diversity and encourages and supports the University community in demonstrating that diversity. REI is available to resolve any issue that contravenes the University’s human rights policies or the Ontario Human Rights Code.

A student complained to me about their professor and I’m concerned they are being sexually harassed. They said they are afraid to complain, what can I do?
Following York's Policy on Sexual Violence, there are a variety of options. Let the student know about York University's Sexual Violence Response Office (SVRO), that offers confidential services - the student can contact them to talk about the situation without filing a formal complaint. Tell them that they can bring you with them or go alone.

I'm being harassed and bullied, can REI help me?
If you have reason to believe that one or more of the grounds enumerated in the Ontario Human Rights Code is a factor in the harassment and bullying you are experiencing, and if the harassment and bullying is taking place on campus or is connected to your status as a student, staff, or faculty at York, then REI can help you.  If you are being bullied or harassed and its not connected to a Code ground, and/or not connected to your place of study or work at York University, then REI can refer you to other resources on campus and/or in the community who may be able to assist you.  The grounds are: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, or disability.

I'm concerned about some of the jokes and comments students are making in my class. Can anyone come to explain what type of remarks are considered harassment or qualify as hate speech?
Yes, our staff are able to attend and make classroom presentations and provide learning materials that will help resolve these concerns. Our office may also provide guidance regarding options and make referrals. See our Education page for more information.

How do I get involved with REI's work? 
Check out our Get Involved page for more information.

Can REI support or advertise my campus events?
REI is  neutral body, and as such does not usually circulate information or advertise on behalf of others. If you are interested in partnering with REI for an initiative promoting human rights, equity, and/or inclusion, please contact us.
If you are seeking support to help make your initiative more inclusive, check out our Inclusion Lens for event planning tips, or the Equity & Inclusion Fund to see if your need qualifies for financial support from REI.