Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Respectful Workplace

Maintaining a Respectful Community at TRU

Thompson Rivers University is an incredibly diverse learning community, embracing students, faculty, staff and visitors from a vast range of nations, cultures, traditions and perspectives. It is important that all members of our TRU community feel confident and safe in the respectful expression of their unique opinions and perspectives. View our instiutional Standard of Conduct for more information.

A "Respectful and Inclusive Community" is one in which ALL:

  • are treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
  • feel accepted, comfortable and safe;
  • have some autonomy and independence;
  • have respect for diverse views and cultures;
  • value privacy and confidentiality;
  • live without discrimination and harassment
  • refrain from offending;
  • and avoid interfering with, harming, degrading, insulting, injuring or interrupting others.

Some of the benefits of a "Respectful Community" are:

  • increased lines of communication;
  • people are encouraged to excel, take risks and to grow;
  • increased creativity, morale and diversity
  • shared values of cooperation, collaboration and support
  • reduced absenteeism/decreased turnover
  • increased job satisfaction/increased productivity

What is the Definition of Harassment?Harassment Prevention CourseRespectful Workplace Resources

How you can contribute to our respectful and inclusive campus and online communities:

  • What Students Can Do
    • See "Respectful University Community" as his/her own responsibility.
    • Know your rights.
    • Identify your feelings.
    • Identify and address inappropriate behaviour/harassment. Speak out for someone else. Encourage others to participate as well.
    • Take the initiative to talk to someone if it looks like they are under stress.
    • Make a habit of giving positive feedback. Find a way to remember to give positive and constructive feedback.
    • Be supportive of others.
    • Role model respectful behaviours. Remember that what you do is more powerful than what you say!
    • Watch TRU's Harassment Prevention Presentation.
    • Contact the Student Affairs Office for more information about the prevention of harassment and discrimination in the classroom. Phone: 250-371-5738
  • What Instructors and Faculty Can Do
    • Ensure there is respect within the team and between teams.
    • Respect and deal with differences within the team in a positive way.
    • Identify and address inappropriate behaviour/harassment. Encourage others to participate as well.
    • Take the initiative to talk to a team member if it looks like they are under stress.
    • Make a habit of giving positive feedback to team members.
    • Be supportive of others, particularly in dealing with disrespectful behaviour from others outside the team. Discuss ways to do this constructively.
    • Role model respectful behaviour.
    • Refer to TRU's internal and external resources for more information about the prevention of harassment and discrimination.
  • What Supervisors and Managers Can Do
    • See harassment prevention as his/her own responsibility.
    • Ensure others know you are open to listening and dealing with situations.
    • Identify behaviours that can be considered harassment.
    • Communicate that problems/difficulties are manageable.
    • Promote the concept that harassment of any type is a form of discrimination and will not be tolerated.
    • DO NOT WAIT FOR A COMPLAINT! Deal with inappropriate behaviour whenever you see it.
    • Encourage co-workers to identify and address inappropriate behaviour/harassment.
    • Recognize the danger signals. Take the initiative to talk with someone if it looks like they are under stress.
    • Make a habit of giving positive feedback.
    • Deal with retaliation.
    • Be supportive.
    • Role model respectful behaviour.
    • Watch TRU’s Harassment Prevention Presentation.
    • Discuss our organization's policies and procedures related to harassment.
    • Refer to TRU's internal and external resources for more information about the prevention of harassment and discrimination.
  • What Teams Can Do
    • Ensure there is respect within the team and between teams.
    • Respect and deal with differences within the team in a positive way.
    • Identify and address inappropriate behaviour and harassment. Encourage others to participate as well.
    • Take the initiative to talk to a team member if it looks like they are under stress.
    • Make a habit of giving positive feedback to team members.
    • Be supportive of others, particularly in dealing with disrespectful behaviour from others outside the team. Discuss ways to do this constructively.
    • Model respectful behaviour.
    • Discuss our organizations policies and procedures related to harassment.
    • Refer to TRU's  internal and external resources for more information about the prevention of harassment and discrimination.