NorthTec considers it vital to its success to provide a safe environment for staff and students and that bullying and harassment are unacceptable.
NorthTec has a clear policy (link to policy) in respect to anti-bullying and harassment and operates a network of contact people and mediators. Many TEU members are trained mediators or contact persons.
The aim is to support staff and students to reach a mutually acceptable solution through mediation (where it is appropriate and both parties agree) address issues in an informal manner and move forward to positive work or study relationships with respect and dignity.
The anti-bullying message is very visible at NorthTec and promotion includes posters in every washroom, information on the student and staff portal, events such as pink shirt day, bookmarks handed out at staff conference, keyrings handed out at student orientation, and training for mediators and contact persons. The health and safety and workplace wellness teams at NorthTec support these events.
Informally, there is a steering group of three staff passionate about a zero tolerance for anti-bullying and harassment who work with the Senior HR Advisor. The TEU Branch President and one other TEU member are part of this informal group.