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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

In the Déclaration des droits et responsabilités des étudiants de Polytechnique Montréal (Declaration of Polytechnique Montréal Students' Rights and Responsibilities) there is an official statement :
"Students have the right to be in a quality environment and have the right to be in relationship with members of the Polytechnique community free from harassment and discrimination based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, marital status, religion, political convictions, language, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, social status (including family responsibilities), sickness, disability or use of a tool to palliate a handicap."

There is also a "Règlement contre le harcèlement" (Regulation against harassment) that applies to the entire community (students and employees).


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Students can have support from the Registrariat or the Service aux Étudiants de Polytechnique (Polytechnique Students Services) for every situation. The regulation against harassment describes the procedure to file a complaint, for both students and employees.
If the situation is more complex, an ombusdman is also available.

For details on Polytechnique's ombudsman: http://www.polymtl.ca/ombudsman/


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

As women represent only 26% of students enrolled in the Winter 2016 term, they are considered as an underreprensented group at Polytechnique. Polytechnique strongly advocates for increasing women's role in engineering and this commitment was made even firmer since the tragedy of December 6, 1989 where 14 women were killed. To encourage women in pursuing graduate studies, Polytechnique participates in events such as "Des filles et des sciences, un duo electrisant" (Girls and sciences, an electrifying team) to promote engineering studies for girls in schools. Polytechnique also offers one scholarship to a woman though its "Bourse de l'ordre de la rose blanche" (Order of the white rose scholarship; http://www.polymtl.ca/aide-financiere/bourses/bourse-de-lordre-de-la-rose-blanche). It also hosts a research chair to promote women in engineering (Chaire Marianne-Marechal; http://chairemm.polymtl.ca/index.php).

Polytechnique Montréal endorses an equal access and an equity employment programs for women, aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minority and people with disabilities.
This statement is written in every job offers to encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support is available for all students at the Service des étudiants de Polytechnique. Specialised advisors are available for international students and for students with disabilities. For details: http://www.polymtl.ca/soutien/accueil-des-etudiants

Polytechnique is firmly committed to the promotion of women in engineering. It hosts a research chair to promote women in engineering (Chaire Marianne-Mareschal http://chairemm.polymtl.ca/index.php). This chair provides mentoring and counseling.

With regards to employees, mentoring, support or specific needs (adaptation for employee with disabilities for instance) are always managed when necessary.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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