School of Distance Education

Code of Conduct Policies

  • George Brown College is one of the most diverse colleges in Canada and is committed to promoting and providing an equitable environment for students and employees. It encourages community access and participation in all aspects of college life. The George Brown College Human Rights Discrimination and Harassment Policy talks about these commitments and identifies rights and responsibilities for all members of the college community. The full text of the Human Rights Discrimination and Harassment Policy can be found on the George Brown College Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services web page.
  • The rights of all college members are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and George Brown College policies. Copies of these documents are available in every Library Learning Commons at the college.
  • George Brown College has strict policies that prohibit discrimination or harassment in any form based on race, colour, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, ancestry, creed, sex, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, record of offences, being in receipt of public assistance and socio-economic class. If you feel harassed or discriminated against by staff, faculty, administration or other students, keep careful notes about the incident and then contact your Distance Education department chair, the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services advisors at 416-415-5000, ext. 4609, 4646 , 4715 or 5385, or campus security. The college is prepared to take steps to prevent incidents of harassment or discrimination.

George Brown College values respect for all individuals and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment in which to learn, live, socialize and work. The college encourages healthy attitudes and behaviours towards sexuality, sex and gender roles. The college does not tolerate behaviour contributing to a hostile and inequitable environment and is committed to supporting those who experience sexual assault and sexual violence.

The George Brown College Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol provides procedures and resources to individuals and groups who may be directly or indirectly impacted by sexual violence. It provides clear definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, sets clear standards for reporting and responding to incidents and establishes clear processes for complaints and investigations. It also includes actions to maintain confidentiality and to protect those who report sexual violence from retaliation or threats.

  • As a student of George Brown College, you are a member of a complex community, and, as such, you are required to obey the laws of the country, the province and the city; to observe the rules of the college; and to conduct yourself within commonly accepted standards of behaviour. The college is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive learning and working environment for everyone.
  • Dishonesty, misconduct, disruption of the academic environment, destruction of property, fraud, misdemeanours, other offences against persons or things, failure to abide by the various regulations of the institution or failure to respect the rights of others either in person or online cannot be tolerated in the George Brown College community, which is dedicated to the development of mature and responsible individuals.
  • You are responsible for your own actions at all times. Ignorance of the rules or of the law is not a defence against disciplinary action. Lack of intention to violate college policy will not generally excuse an infraction.
  • George Brown College reserves the right at all times and at any time to discipline, suspend, expel, place terms or conditions upon or refuse admission or registration to any individual whose action or influence is considered contrary to college policies. Disciplinary actions may become part of an individual's permanent academic record.
  • Individuals posing a risk of harm to others – in the classroom, elsewhere on campus or in the context of a field or clinical placement – will initially be dealt with in accordance with college policy and then disciplined if appropriate and applicable.
  • The George Brown College Code of Student Behaviour and Community Standards  outlines the rights and responsibilities of both students and the college in regards to expectations surrounding student behaviour, as well as the processes that will be followed if those expectations are not met.