We value equity and inclusivity.

At AKCESS, we believe in promoting inclusivity and diversity in everything we do. Why? Because we recognize that those qualities foster creativity and innovation, helping us all to access our full potential. 

We believe it is our responsibility to help promote a safe environment on campus that allows students and staff to learn and grow without experiencing injustice or discrimination. The most important way we believe we can do so is by providing students with information and resources to help them succeed. 

Sexual Violence Support Services

Sexual violence is an all-encompassing term used to describe a broad range of behaviors and acts. Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent. It includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation. Sexual violence is not about passion, desire or sex. It is about one person exerting power and control over another.

The Sexual Assault Support Centre provides free and confidential information and resources about sexual violence to all students, staff and faculty at Carleton. 

Services provided by the Centre include:

  • Referrals to other services both on and off campus;

  • Safety planning;

  • Supporting documentation for academic accommodation;

  • Information on sexual violence;

  • Prevention work through public education and training on sexual harassment and sexual assault;

  • Peer Support Volunteers


For more information and resources for yourself or someone you know, please see the Sexual Violence support website:


Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC) aims to be a safe(r) space for Carleton students of all gender identities and sexual orientations through education, advocacy, and support.

The GSRC provides services such as:

  • Support and peer mentorship

  • Referrals to community resources (including a collection of pamphlets and resources)

  • Safe(r) space trainings and LGBTQ+-related workshops and presentations

  • The second-largest queer library in Ottawa (with both a lending and reference section)

  • Free safer sex supplies (condoms, lubricant, gloves, and dental dams)

  • A drop-in space to socialize, study, etc.

  • A microwave, a fridge, and a Playstation

  • A number of workshops, social events, and guest speakers

More information about the GSRC’s resources can be found at the link below:

Resources for Indigenous Students

Carleton University acknowledges the location of its campus on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives welcomes and supports Indigenous peoples who work and study at Carleton University, as students, faculty and professional services staff. The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives aims to inspire, encourage and empower the Carleton community, which includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous Carleton students, faculty, professional services staff, and alumni, to work collaboratively in creating and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships with Indigenous peoples and communities; Indigenous leaders and organizations; and mainstream groups and organizations. The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives team has three Indigenous Liason Officers who work collaboratively in creating a web of interconnected programs and services that support the Carleton community to ensure Indigenous cultures, traditions, histories and worldviews are respected and represented on campus.

Much of Carleton's Indigenous Initiatives are run through the Ojigkwanong Centre (Ojigkwanong means "morning star" in Algonquin). The Centre is a hub for student activities throughout the year, including academic study sessions and workshops, social gatherings, cultural events, the Knowledge Keepers Program and much more. The Ojigkwanong Centre also features a kitchenette, lounge and study space, computer lab, telephone booth, Knowledge Keepers room and a study room. 

More information on Indigenous Initiatives and the Ojigkwanong Centre can be found at the link below.

Paul Menton Centre (PMC)

The Paul Menton Centre is the primary department on campus that coordinates academic accommodations and support services for Carleton students with disabilities.

Some of their functions include:

  • Evaluating the appropriateness of student documentation provided by qualified health practitioners

  • Evaluating accommodation requests or needs on an individual basis while maintaining academic standards

  • Liaising with faculty, departments, Scheduling and Examination Services, Educational Development Centre, and other student services to ensure that students’ needs are met

  • Facilitating the resolution of problems or misunderstandings as they arise between students and faculty/departments

  • Providing information about disabilities, policies and procedures pertaining to students with disabilities to faculty and to the broader Carleton community

  • Providing a variety of support services for students with disabilities such as one-on-one learning support, note taking, adaptive equipment loans, sign language interpretation, and screening and referral for LD/ADHD assessment

Web Resources