Bullying and Harassment

If you are a worker and have witnessed or experienced Bullying or Harassment in your workplace, you must report it to your employer. Reports can be made by by filling out pages 1 and 2 of VIU's Incident and Investigation Form and submitting it to safety@viu.ca. Allegations of Bullying and Harassment will be shared with the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Office and may result in an investigation. 

What is workplace Bullying and Harassment:

  • Includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated
  • Examples of workplace bullying and harassment may include:
    - Verbal aggression or name calling
    - Vandalizing personal belongings
    - Sabotaging work
    - Spreading malicious rumours
    - Humiliating initiation practices / hazing
    - Personal attacks
    - Aggressive / threatening gestures
    - Cyber bullying
  • Bullying and harassment can come from co-workers, supervisors, employers or external sources

 What is not workplace Bullying and Harassment:

  • Expressing differences of opinion
  • Offering constructive feedback
  • Making a legitimate complaint about another worker's conduct
  • Any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of the workers or the place of employment
  • Reasonable management actions, including decisions about:
    - Job duties and work to be performed
    - Workloads and deadlines
    - Layoffs, transfers, promotions and reorganizations
    - Work instruction, supervision or feedback
    - Work evaluations
    - Performance management
    - Discipline, suspensions or terminations

For additional resources please refer to the following WorkSafeBC fact sheets:
WorkSafeBC Employer Fact Sheet Bullying and Harassment
WorkSafeBC Supervisor Fact Sheet Bullying and Harassment
WorkSafeBC Worker Fact Sheet Bullying and Harassment