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CAPDHHE Webinar: Drawing the Line: Defining the nexus to campus when off-campus incidents occur
This webinar will explore whether certain types of “off-campus” behaviour falls within the jurisdiction of a college or university. When handling campus complaints, Human Rights and Equity Offices often struggle with how far the institution’s reach should extend to address discrimination and harassment maters. The standard for assuming jurisdiction has typically been in cases where there is a sufficient “nexus to campus”, which implies that there is an impact on the work or learning environment, even if the behaviour occurs off-campus. There is already some precedent for this in workplace violence legislation where an employer is required to intervene when domestic assault issues find their way into the workplace. But the line becomes less clear when abusive behaviour occurs beyond the campus’ border, such as in online forums or off-campus residences. With the rise of cyberbullying, for example, colleges and universities increasingly apply community values to protect the rights of students and employees. Arguably, the institution should only act where there is a clear connection to campus, unless the goal is to mediate all disputes between members of the campus community. This webinar will use several case scenarios to help identify where the line should be drawn between on-campus and off-campus behaviour, and whether certain incidents may nevertheless fall within the broader fiduciary duty owed by an institution to its members.

Free to everyone. CAPDHHE Members have access to the recording. To become a member visit:

Presenter: Milé Komlen, Past President of CAPDHHE

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Questions and accommodation please contact CAPDHHE Executive Coordinator Sonya Nigam

Mar 31, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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