THE STUDENT UNION IS A SAFE SPACE ON CAMPUS
We ask all people who enter the SU to be respectful and non-discriminatory towards all staff and students in the space. We ask you to check your assumptions at the door and to be reminded violent, discriminatory or harmful behavior will not be tolerated.
A “SAFE(R) SPACE” is a space that has been declared free of all types of violence and harassment, including but not limited to sexual assault, non-consensual behavior or attitudes, being intolerant of someone’s religious or political beliefs (or lack of), racism, sexism, gender discrimination, homophobia, queerphobia, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism, or any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression or discrimination. It is declared as an open and accepting space, and therefore will facilitate feelings of safety for any person who enters it.
Anyone can set-up a safe space on campus to discuss complicated, personal or political topics and situations. Designate an area that is accessible to all folks participating. Lay some ground rules together that will ensure the freedom and safety for all to attend, and participate without having to face harassment and discrimination.
GUIDELINES FOR A SAFE(R) SPACE
1. Be respectful of each other
2. Keep the space accessible and welcoming
3. Be open to all levels of knowledge
4. Listen in an open and reflective manner
5. Do not speak for others in the space
6. Take responsibility for your privilege