Policies & Initiatives

The Office of EDI is guided by a number of University of Calgary policy and procedures, and works with various units on campus to advance and equitable, diverse, and inclusive university.

National Initiatives

Canada Research Chairs EDI Plan

The University of Calgary is committed to meeting the requirements of the Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. Through our Eyes High strategy 2017-22, respect for diversity, equity and inclusion inform our commitment to learning, research excellence and our community.

University of Calgary Main Campus

University of Calgary Dimensions EDI

The University of Calgary is one of 17 Canadian universities selected to take part in the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada awards pilot, a national project to foster transformational change within the Canadian research community.

Dimensions Pilot Program
UCalgary campus

A letter from President McCauley on anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of racism

Earlier today, I and the rest of the University’s executive leadership team responded to an open letter on anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and other forms of racism from past and present students, faculty and staff of the University of Calgary and members of the community. This letter urged the university to do more on this important issue.

Memorial at Alberta Legislature

Every child matters

Last week it was confirmed that 215 Indigenous children were buried outside of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. My heart goes out to anybody suffering with this news, the fresh wounds it creates and the old wounds it reopens.

A vigil outside the London Muslim Mosque

Statement by President Ed McCauley on Islamophobia

The University of Calgary community extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario. In particular, we are holding the sole survivor, nine-year-old Fayez, in our hearts. This peaceful, loving family out for a walk together should not have been lost to their neighbours and friends simply because of their faith. 


Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

The month of May is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the Asian community at the University of Calgary, in the city, and across Canada. The theme for 2021 is “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve.” It highlights the many historical and contemporary contributions of Asian Canadians, as well as contemporary challenges in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

University Policies and Strategies

Campus Mental Health Strategy

The University of Calgary recognizes our pivotal role in creating a campus culture where our students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars feel supported and valued. Our vision is to be a community where we care for each other, learn and talk about mental health and well-being, receive support as needed, and where individually and collectively we realize our potential. 

Visit the Campus Mental Health Strategy site

Code of Conduct

The university's mission of teaching, research and service to community requires a shared commitment to the core values of the university as well as a commitment to conduct university activities ethically. The purpose of this policy is to communicate the university's expectations with respect to the behaviour of employees, academic staff members, students, postdoctoral scholars and appointees. 

Review the Code of Conduct

Employment Equity Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish the terms under which the University of Calgary implements employment equity under the Government of Canada Federal Contractors Program.

Review the Employment Equity Policy

Harassment Policy (Human Resources)

The purpose of this policy is to enhance awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals subjected to, or who become aware of, harassment. 

Review the Harassment Policy

Indigenous Strategy

Launched in 2017, ii' taa'poh'to'p (Indigenous Engagement) guides the University of Calgary on its path to truth and reconciliation.

Go to the Indigenous Strategy site

Protected Disclosure Procedure

This procedure outlines the process by which individuals may make a Protected Disclosure, the process by which the University will respond and the process by which individuals will be protected from reprisals. If you have questions about this procedure, please contact Shirley Voyna Wilson.

Learn more from the Protected Disclosure and Research Integrity Office site

Respect in the Workplace Policy (Human Resources)

The University of Calgary is committed to providing a campus that respects and promotes human rights, personal dignity, civility and health and safety for all members of the campus community.

Learn more about this policy

Sexual Violence Policy (OEDI)

"This policy is a fundamental element in creating and sustaining a safer campus environment for all community members. It is an important step in identifying how we respond to incidents of sexual violence, including supports available to those who have experienced or witnessed sexual violence, or those who are alleged to have committed sexual violence. It provides clear response procedures and timelines, defines complex concepts, and addresses incidents that occur off-campus in certain circumstances." – Dr. Dru Marshall, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 

Visit the Sexual Violence Support site

Workplace Diversity and Employment Equity (Human Resources)

The University of Calgary strives to create and maintain a positive and productive learning and working environment in which there is respect for the dignity of all persons and fair and equitable treatment of individuals in our diverse community.

Learn more

Workplace Violence Policy (Health, Safety, and Environment)

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that workers understand that Workplace Violence is considered to be a serious offence and will not be tolerated, those subjected to Workplace Violence have access to assistance in order to pursue a complaint, and those subjected to or aware of Workplace Violence are advised of available recourse. 

View the Workplace Violence Policy

Workplace Accommodation Policy 

The purpose of this policy is to formally recognize the University’s Duty to Accommodate Academic Staff Members, Postdoctoral Scholars, Graduate Student Staff Members and Employees, in its role as an employer, under the Alberta Human Rights Act.  It facilitates arrangements that eliminate barriers to ensure that those who are otherwise able to work are not excluded from doing so based on a Protected Ground.

Review this policy

Student Accommodation Policy (Vice-Provost Student Experience)

The purpose of this policy is to set out the University’s Duty to Accommodate Students, in its role as a service provider, under the Alberta Human Rights Act. This policy applies to Instructors, other Employees, of other Contractors and Students at the University’s campuses in Alberta.

View the FAQ about this policy for Instructors, Deans, Associate Deans and Department Heads

Review the Student Accommodation Policy

Procedure for Accommodation for Students with Disabilities (Vice Provost Student Experience)

The purpose of this procedure is to outline the University’s application and review process for a request for Accommodation made by a Student with a Disability.

This procedure applies to Instructors, other Employees, other Contractors and Students at the University’s campuses in Alberta.

Review this procedure