Canadian Independent College recognizes that to achieve its vision, the environment it provides must be one which demonstrates respect, dignity, equity and safety for all members of the Canadian Independent College community.
Canadian Independent College promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in safe learning and teaching environment. All members of Canadian Independent College have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in the school. Any form of discrimination or harassment is prohibited. The school commits to timely investigations that are thorough, objective and fair to all affected parties. Every person has the right to report an incident or suspected incident without fear of reprisal.
Canadian Independent College’s faculty and administration have a special responsibility in this area — not only must their own conduct be above reproach but they are in a position to observe and identify possible instances of discrimination, harassment and bullying. All complaints will be treated with discretion and respect for the individuals involved; however, anonymous complaints cannot be investigated. All relevant documentation will be maintained in strict confidence, subject to the school’s ability to conduct a full and thorough investigation.
Any allegation of discrimination, harassment or bullying will be dealt with in accordance with Canadian Independent College procedures and will meet or exceed the applicable standards set out in relevant legislation, including the Child and Family Services Act, Ontario Human Rights Code and Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996.
The purpose of the Mutual Respect Policy is to maintain a working and learning environment free from acts of harassment. This policy is a clear statement of the school’s commitment and determination to act promptly against any incident of harassment and to create an environment where harassment will not be tolerated. The objectives of the Policy are to:
Discrimination refers to unfair or prejudicial treatment of individuals or groups on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability as set out in the Ontario Human Rights Code. Discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional, has the effect of preventing or limiting access to opportunities, benefits, or advantages that are available to other members of society.
Harassment is a form of discrimination and is against the law. Harassment is defined in the Human Rights Code as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.”
Harassment may be physical (e.g. pushing or other unwelcome contact), verbal (e.g. threats or insults), written or visual (e.g. graffiti or display of offensive and hurtful materials designed to exclude or marginalize their target) and may include use of the Internet. Harassment does not necessarily need to target a specific student or individual. A single act or expression can constitute harassment, for example, if it is a serious violation.
Harassment can manifest itself in many ways. Types of behaviour which constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:
Allegations of discrimination and/or harassment will be investigated.
Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where,
(a) the behaviour is intended by a pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour
would be likely to have the effect of,
(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or
academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or
(ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and
(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the
pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power,
economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender,
gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education.
This behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means.
Cyberbullying means bullying by electronic means, including,
(a) creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person;
(b) impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; and
(c) communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a website
that may be accessed by one or more individuals.
Canadian Independent College recognizes that bullying:
Students may attain or maintain power over others in the school through real or perceived differences. Some areas of difference may be size, strength, age, intelligence, economic status, social status, solidarity of peer group, religion, ethnicity, disability, need for special education, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, and race.
Bullying is a dynamic of unhealthy interaction that can take many forms. It can be physical (e.g., hitting, pushing, tripping), verbal (e.g., name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist, or homophobic comments), or social (e.g., excluding others from a group, spreading gossip or rumours). It may also occur through the use of technology (e.g., spreading rumours, images, or hurtful comments through the use of e-mail, cellphones, text messaging, Internet websites, or other technology).
Children who suffer prolonged victimization through bullying, as well as children who use power and aggression as bullies, may experience a range of psycho-social problems that may extend into adolescence and adulthood.
If you are a victim, know someone who is a victim or see behaviour which you feel may be discrimination, harassment or bullying:
CIC is a very special school that provides a rich, nurturing and caring environment that has brought out the best in me and allowed me to truly thrive. My university admission was a breeze.
The small class size, the high staff-to-student ratio, the respectful atmosphere, and above all, the unwavering dedication was what makes CIC special.
Ample access to technology, a high teacher to student ratio, and caring engaged teachers helped me to gain admission to veterinary school after CIC.
Since my very first day at CIC, I felt welcomed, accepted, and loved. Every morning I see the smiling teachers and staff.
What I like best about CIC is most definitely the education that I received.
High academics have always been important to me and it didn’t take long to realize that this school was right fit for me.
You want to get into a great university come study at CIC, the entire admission process is handled by the school.
I came to Canada not knowing anybody, the school and residence staff made me feel at home right away. My university placement was surprisingly easy.
My overall experience at CIC was fantastic, especially all the new life long friends I made. I got offers to all the universities I applied to.
The teaching staff were very helpful and made my learning experience fun. I can get lost in public school easily, not at CIC with small class size and attention to school needs.
My teachers at CIC did a great job, not only presenting the material, but also teaching it. Got my university offers early spring.
Arriving at CIC for the first time you feel at home not because of all the cold snow, but because of the caring and warm environment.
I got early university admission in March, thanks to the wonderful job of the guidance office
Thanks to the school, my university admission was the easiest thing I ever went through in high school.
Getting all my early universities offers was a great relief, couldn’t have done it without everyone at CIC.
I love the school because I have many nice teachers and a principal who helped me get into my dream university.
Because of my older brother’s wonderful experience at CIC Waterloo my parents sent me to CIC in grade 10. CIC was one of the best experiences in my life. I got into my dream program at McGill University.
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