TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario graduate students are launching a
province-wide survey on bullying and harassment on university campuses.
The survey, Not in the Syllabus, is the first of its kind in Ontario and will inform the development of
campus resources designed to identify and confront bullying, harassment
and mental health issues for graduate students.
"Whether it is strained relationships with a supervisor or a toxic work
environment, graduate students face unique challenges and pressures,"
said Kevin Godbout, Chairperson of the Ontario Graduate Caucus of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "We need services and programs that
recognize the varying responsibilities graduates students have as
researchers, workers and students."
The online survey asks graduate students to identify and describe
incidents related to bullying, harassment and mental health issues that
they have either personally experienced or witnessed. The information
will be compiled into a provincial report and used to develop workshops
that will be delivered to graduate students across the province.
"Graduate students, like all members of the academic community, deserve
safe working and learning conditions," said Alastair Woods, Chairperson
of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "This campaign will
ensure graduate students are leading the way on addressing bullying,
harassment and mental health."
Not in the Syllabus is a joint project of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, the
Public Service Alliance of Canada Ontario and the Ontario University
Workers Coordinating Committee of the Canadian Union of Public
Students can fill out the survey here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
college and university students, including more than 90 per cent of
graduate students in the province.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Kaley Kennedy, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator: 647-302-3891