Safe & Sexual Harassment Free Learning Environments

Modeling an inclusive, sexual harassment free learning environment can sometimes be as simple as being mindful of the language you use in your day to day interactions. For example, adjusting the use of the word 'he'/'she' to a gender inclusive term such as 'they'.

Additional tips:

  • acknowledge students' gender identity expression and choice of pronouns
  • use humor that isn't demeaning to others on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or physical appearance
  • when illustrating a point with examples, avoid stereotypes
  • choose course and evaluation material that does not perpetuate stereotypes 
  • consider highlighting the promotion of a sexual harassment free environment in your class syllabus
  • be mindful of cultural differences
  • ensure all material is relevant
  • include all students in class discussions
  • encourage all students to participate

If you have materials you are unsure of or you would like to check the wording of a lecture, we would be happy to review it with you and make suggestions as needed. 

Always Ask! Ask yourself. Ask others. Ask us. 


Sexual Harassment Office

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000