Carleton University acknowledges the location of its campus on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services’ Commitment
The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services supports Carleton University’s commitment to diversity as a source of human excellence, cultural enrichment and social strength. The Department is committed to providing students with an environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion and is free of discrimination, injustice, and violence. The department will take proactive and reactive steps to continually reinforce its commitment.
In order to meet its commitment, the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services trains its student staff members on how to foster safe and inclusive environments. If you are experiencing a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in Residence, the Residence Fellow on your floor is available to you. They are connected to a network of professional supports that can help address the issue in a confidential manner.
Equity Services is another support available to students. Their mandate includes:
- advocating for human rights (click here for more information);
- intervening to prevent discrimination (click here for more information) and harassment (click here for more information); to foster equality without regard for ethnicity, culture, gender, race, sexual orientation or (dis)ability;
- delivering education and enhance awareness on human rights issues; to provide information and training (click here for more information) on human rights issues; to promote a barrier-free campus;
- providing information, support and referrals to individuals who have experienced a sexual assault (click here for more information);
- providing training and education regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault;
- promoting Indigenous (click here for more information) outreach, retention and culture;
- providing accommodation advice (click here for more information_ related to religion, disability, family status and pregnancy; to promote education and employment equity.
For more information on Equity Services, visit their website by clicking here or their office in 503 Robertson Hall.
For information on Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, click here.
For information on CUSA’s Carleton Disability Awareness Center, click here.
For information on CUSA’s Race Ethnicity Culture (REC) Hall, click here.
For information on CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre, click here.
Gender-Inclusive Washrooms in Residence
You can find gender-inclusive washrooms in the following places:
Glengarry House: Floors 3-11 have a private washroom
Leeds House: Floor 1 lobby
Renfrew House: Floor 1 outside the Residence Counselors’ Office
Russell House: Floor 1 outside the Russell Triple Lounge
The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services supports Carleton University’s committment to achieving barrier free accessibility for persons with disabilities living at Carleton.
Every Residence building is connected by Carleton’s underground, heated tunnels. Most Residence buildings have elevators with the exception of Lanark and Renfrew Houses.
Attendant Services: Carleton University offers attendant and personal care services, 24-hours per day, 12 months of the year at no cost to students with physical disabilities living in Residence.
Students with varying levels of disability may live and study on campus with the assistance of attendants who assist them with activities of daily living, such as rising and retiring, toileting, personal hygiene, and dressing.
Attendants also assist with tasks such as laundry, light housekeeping, setting up books and computers, and eating in the cafeteria. Students live in specially designed suites, which complement the accessible nature of the campus.
The map below indicates which Residence buildings have specially designed suites to meet the needs of many persons with disabilities.
For more information on Attendant Services, click here.
For more information on accessibility at Carleton, click here.
For Carleton’s Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities policy, click here.
If there are any concerns about the accessibility of an event or space in Residence, please reach out to the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting 261 Stormont House.
Know Your Rights
By signing the Carleton University Residence Agreement and the Residence Standards, students indicate that they are willing to abide by the standards, rights, and responsibilities that come with living in Residence.
“You have the right to a community based on mutual respect and acceptance; free from intimidation, harassment or discrimination; you have the responsibility to treat all members of your community with respect, acceptance and understanding. This also means speaking up when you are aware of acts of harassment, intimidation or see others being treated with a lack of respect and dignity. Harassment is understood as engagement in behavior (including innuendo) by an individual or group who knows or ought to know the behaviour is unwelcome/unwanted by others. Harassing behavior may also occur through text or social media[.] You have the right to be safe from bodily harm, the threat of bodily harm or any form of threat, emotional harm, including but not limited to verbal, electronic messages, written messages, and graffiti. The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services will not tolerate violence or the threat of violence.“
For the full Carleton University Residence Agreement and the Residence Standards, please click here..
“Every member of the University community has a right to study, work and live in a safe environment free of discrimination or harassment .”
In 2001, Carleton University’s Senate and Board of Governors approved the Carleton University Human Rights Policies and Procedures. The establishment of these policies and procedures was the culmination of the efforts of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Rights and a Human Rights Implementation Committee.The Carleton University Human Rights Policies and Procedures affirm that all members of the University community share a responsibility to:
- promote equity and fairness,
- respect and value diversity,
- prevent discrimination and harassment, and
- preserve the freedom of its members to carry out responsibly their scholarly work without threat of interference.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if people on my floor make comments about my identity that make me feel uncomfortable?
Student and professional Residence Life Staff receive training and development opportunities related to student equity concerns, so talk to your Residence Fellow! They may be able to address the comments on the floor confidentially. If the comments persist, professional Residence Life Staff may get involved in order to resolve the issue.
If I tell Residence Life Staff about my identity, will they tell others?
Residence Fellows are bound by confidentiality except when they learn of intended harm to self or others. They will not discuss your identity with others without your consent.
Do I have the option to live in a gender-inclusive residence?
Students may request to share a gender inclusive bedroom/ pod/ suite (including the common areas and bathroom facilities) on their Residence Information Form.
If you choose this option, your room/pod/suitemates will be assigned through the matching of responses to the profile questions, regardless of with which gender you or they identify. Please note that if you select YES, you are agreeing to share a room (and bathroom, etc.) with a student who may be a different gender than the one with which you identify. (For example, if you identify with being female, you could be sharing a room with a student who identifies as being male or non-binary, who selected yes to this question and has similar preferences).