The Faculty of Medicine is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all learners, faculty and staff.

The same high standards of professionalism are expected of all its members. It is the duty of all members to be committed to uphold the highest standards of ethical and professional behaviour consistent with the values of the University of Ottawa and with the values of the medical profession as exemplified in the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Medical Association*.

These standards are published in Policies and Procedures

The Faculty of Medicine has a ZERO tolerance for mistreatment of any form.  But it can only act if inappropriate behaviors are reported back to the medical school. The purpose of this website is to provide all users with the necessary information to ‘Be in the know’:

  • Know the difference: teaching or mistreating
  • Know where to get help
  • Know how to report
  • Know next steps

Let’s work together to stop the cycle of mistreatment.

University of Ottawa Policies

As members of the University, the Faculty of Medicine adheres to policies related to discrimination and harassment (67a) and sexual harassment (67) which can be found, along with all policies, on the University of Ottawa main Regulations, Policies, and Procedures site.

  • Prevention of harassment and discrimination (Policy 67a)
  • Sexual harassment (Policy 67) 

    Policies 67 & 67a provide the following definition of sexual harassment:
    • unwanted sexual attention from a person who knows or ought reasonably to know that such attention is unwanted; or
    • implied or expressed promise of reward for complying with a sexually-oriented request; or
    • implied or expressed threat of reprisal or actual reprisal for refusal to comply with a sexually oriented request: or
    • a sexual relationship which constitutes an abuse of power in a relationship of trust; or
    • sexually oriented remarks or behaviour which may reasonably be perceived to create a negative psychological and emotional environment for work and study.
  • Procedure of complaints and harassment and discrimination for students (Procedure 36-1)

“The filing of a complaint of sexual harassment is the right of every member of the University community and may be exercised without fear of reprisal or threat thereof. In addition, the mere fact that a complaint has been filed against an individual does not, in and of itself, constitute grounds for disciplinary action against that individual.”

Policy 67, article 32 
(Sexual harassment and Rights of complainant and of respondent)

It is of note that, in accordance with university policies, all complaints of harassment or discrimination are treated in a confidential way according to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

It is important to be reminded that everyone involved in an investigation of harassment or discrimination must keep the matter confidential, in order to protect the rights of people involved in the allegation and maintain integrity of the process.


Know the Difference: Teaching or Mistreating