Misconduct and Concerning Behaviours


At Emily Carr, we’re committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for students, staff and faculty. We all have a role to play in creating a respectful space where members of our community feel physically, emotionally and culturally secure.

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There are several ways the university can respond and support you if you have experienced or witnessed concerning behaviour. Each incident involves a unique set of circumstances. It is important that we learn the details so that we can best support you and recommend an appropriate course of action.

If you need emergency help with an urgent health or safety concern, call 911. You can also reach ECU campus security at 604.844.3838.

Get Advice and Support

Responding to concerns is not a one size fits all approach. All incidents involve a unique set of circumstances that is important for the university to understand in order to provide support or recommend an appropriate course of action.

There are several ways you can discuss your concerns without making a formal report: Speak with a faculty member or dean. This is the appropriate course of action for issues involving unsafe or disruptive behaviour in the classroom.Contact ECU Counselling Services. You can book an appointment on the Counselling Services website, where you will also find links to other community resources. Email the student advocate to get advice and explore your options. The student advocate can: provide confidential support listen to you and give an objective perspective empower you to deal effectively and directly with concerns facilitate discussions through informal channels to seek a resolution provide information on making formal reports or complaints.

      Report an Incident

      Sometimes an informal resolution to your concerns is not possible or appropriate. You can report a situation where an ECU community member may have engaged in non-academic misconduct. This includes:

      • sexual violence and misconduct
      • bullying and harassment
      • racism and discrimination
      • disruptive, threatening and violent behaviour
      • an individual in acute emotional distress [**this isn’t non-academic misconduct, so it should be separate from this list, or otherwise the list intro needs to change**]

      You can report these concerning behaviours by emailing tat@ecuad.ca.

      [**What should they include in the email? Help them out and reduce barriers to making a report**]

      Your email will be reviewed by a support team, who will follow up with you [**within how long??**] They may set up a meeting with you to discuss the incident further.

      Sending an email does not mean you have filed a formal report. The support team will discuss the rest of the process when they follow up with you.

      We strive to implement fair and efficient resolution processes for all reported concerns. We can help to resolve concerns by:

      • Offering support, advocacy and navigation throughout the process.
      • Identifying possible solutions and supports including informal resolutions through direct, respectful communication and education where appropriate.
      • Receiving and reviewing formal reports to determine if an investigation is required.
      • Supporting all those involved throughout the investigation process and its outcome.

      A note about your confidentiality: While your report is confidential, it may result in an investigation. If an investigation occurs, the other person(s) involved will have the right to know your identity.

      Explore ECU Policies

      It is important to know and understand your rights and responsibilities as a member of the ECU community.

      Our policies on Harassment, Bullying + Discrimination, Sexual & Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct, Student Conduct, Dealing with Threatening Behaviour and Safe Disclosure Procedures outline expected behaviours and how the university responds to concerns.