The University recognises the right of all staff and students to a University environment free from harassment, bullying and unlawful discrimination. Further, the University is committed to ensuring a work and study environment where equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion practices are valued and promoted.
Policies, procedures and guidelines
The University has a range of policies which outline both the University's expectations of staff and student behaviour and also the legislative definitions and requirements in regard to Workplace Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination and Equal Opportunity.
- Workplace Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Policy
- Equal Opportunity Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Student Charter
- Student Misconduct Policy
- Resolution of Complaints of Workplace Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Procedures
- Guide to dealing with Workplace Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination (PDF 140k)
- Student Misconduct Procedures
Harassment & Discrimination Contact Officers
Trained Harassment & Discrimination Contact Officers (HDCO) are located on each campus and are available to people who believe they are the subject of bullying, harassment or discrimination at the University.
A HDCO is a confidential source who will listen to the concerns of staff/students and discuss options for resolution. HDCOs can also support staff/students to both access and understand relevant University policies and resolution procedures.
For more information on HDCOs, see:
|What is Discrimination?||
There are two types of discrimination:
|What is Harassment?||
Harassment is repeated behaviour that is directed at an individual or group of students or staff and is offensive, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
The behaviour is often unwelcome and makes it difficult for effective work or study to be conducted.
Harassment occurs in circumstances where a reasonable person would have expected that the behaviour was offensive, humiliating or intimidating (Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act (1991).Harassment may be sexual in nature or based on gender, race, disability, sexual preference or a range of other factors listed in the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act (1991).
|What is sexual harassment?||
Sexual Harassment is any form of unwelcome sexual attention that might offend, humiliate or intimidate the other person and may be experienced by women or men. Like harassment, sexual harassment Harassment occurs in circumstances where a reasonable person would have expected that the behaviour was offensive, humiliating or intimidating.
Examples of sexual harassment include uninvited touching or physical contact; looking/gazing or staring at a person or parts of their body; talking about your sex life or asking about anothers; sexual jokes or propositions; and offensive communications (face to face, phone, email or social media).Sexual harassment is against the law whenever and wherever it occurs. It does not need to be repeated or continuous to be against the law.
|What is workplace bullying?||
Workplace Bullying is where an individual or group of individuals repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards a worker or a group of workers at work, and the behaviour creates a risk to health and safety (Fair Work Act 2009).
|Reasonable behaviour and reasonable management action||
Except in the case of sexual harassment, a single incident of unreasonable or harassing behaviour does not, of itself, constitute workplace Harassment or Bullying.
Nethertheless, such behaviour is unacceptable at the University and may be in breach of the Code of Conduct or other University policy and lead to disciplinary procedures.Reasonable management action taken in a reasonable way is not considered Workplace Bullying.
How can I learn more?
Equity Online Training
All staff and supervisors are expected to complete the Equity Online Training program on commencement at the University. It is recommended that staff and supervisors complete this training at least every 2 years to ensure that their knowledge and understanding of the issues and relevant legislation is kept up to date.