Equal Treatment

What You Need to Know

Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities

Charter of Students' Rights, Article 2
2.1 - Every student has a right to equal treatment by the University; this right must not be impaired by discrimination based on race, colour, ethnic or national origin, civil status, religion, creed, political convictions, language, sex, sexual orientation, social condition, age, personal handicap or the use of any means to palliate such a handicap.

2.2 - A distinction, exclusion or preference based on relevant academic or physical aptitudes or qualifications required in good faith is deemed non discriminatory.

Policy Concerning the Rights of Students with Disabilities, Articles 9-10
9 - Students with disabilities have the right to a determination of available support services by the Office for Students with Disabilities to help them fulfil their academic requirements; these include, readers, notetakers, interpreters, and technological aids.

10 - Students with disabilities who are enrolled in the Centre for Continuing Education have rights to these support services on the same basis of eligibility as to all other student services.

Policy for the Accommodation of Religious Holy Days, Articles 1-2
- Students are not to be penalized if they cannot write examinations or be otherwise evaluated on their religious holy days where such activities conflict with their religious observances.

2 - While sessional dates, classroom and faculty activities, and examination dates take into account academic constraints and statutory holidays, where there is flexibility, efforts are to be made to select dates which do not conflict with religious holy days or to find other appropriate accommodations.

Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law
The University shall take reasonable action to prevent Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law, and whenever it becomes aware of such behaviour, to put an end to it.

Nothing in this Policy relieves the University from its obligations under the Labour Standards Act of Quebec. Acts of Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law are University offences subject to disciplinary measures.

McGill's Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office

  • The SEDE Office is committed to fostering a fair and inclusive environment that respects the dignity of each member of the McGill Community.

Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU)

McGill's Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

  •  The OSD offers support to students who feel that difficulties and impairments are hindering your academic performance while at McGill or if you require assistance with access.


Who You Can Talk To

  • Talk to your peer or your supervisor first; graduate students may also approach their graduate program director.
  • Your faculty's Associate Dean or Director (Student Affairs).
  • An advisor at the Office for Students with Disabilities.

What Else You Can Do

If you encounter a problem, you may choose to