Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines

The Equity Service Centres abide by a set of community guidelines to ensure that they are doing everything possible to ensure safer spaces, opportunities for education and growth, and inclusive environments.

Some centres have additional guidelines that can be found in their offices and on their websites. The general guidelines are as follows:

  • Honour confidentiality
  • Practice active listening
  • Give caring feedback
  • Value dialogue over debate
  • Be accountable for yourself
  • Respect yourself and others
  • Respect physical and emotional boundaries
  • Take responsibility for your own learning

Violations of Guidelines

The Equity Service Centres hope that all community guidelines can be adhered to, respected and acknowledged; however, at times the Centres will need to set standards and expectations for members who may intentionally or intentionally violate the guidelines. This process will be laid out in Operational Policy #18 of the Ryerson Students’ Union Policy Manual.

Land Acknowledgement

Toronto and Ryerson University are in the “Dish With One Spoon Territory.” The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

More information can be found at the Ryerson Aboriginal Education Council at

RSU Equity Statement

Student Union solidarity is based on the principle that all members are equal and deserve mutual respect and understanding. As members of the students’ union, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. It is our collective responsibility to create an inclusive space for discussion and dialogue. All forms of discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated, nor will hate speech rooted in, but not limited to Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia or transphobia. We all have an obligation to ensure that an open and inclusive space, free of hate is established. If you are not here in an understanding of good faith, or you have violated this understanding, you will be asked to leave.