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Unacceptable Behaviour

The University of Adelaide recognises that honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and embracing differences are fundamental to achieving the advancement of learning and knowledge.

Through the Equal Opportunity Policy the University seeks to promote an inclusive, respectful and fair environment for all people whilst engaged in University-related activities.

Harassment

What is harassment?

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that might reasonably cause a person to be offended, humiliated or intimidated because they have a particular attribute. Harassment can also occur if someone is working in a 'hostile' - or intimidating - environment. The behaviours can be overt or subtle, verbal, non-verbal or physical.

What to do if you feel you have been harassed?

Sometimes people who have been harassed can feel unsure about talking to others, but taking action may stop the harassment. The University wants our students to be safe, and encourages you to report harassment.

Report an incident

This process can often be daunting, so accessing support from the University of Adelaide Counselling Support or Student Care can be a good first step. They can assist you to make a report to the University, or to have a confidential discussion about this process.

Discrimination

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is treating or proposing to treat, an individual unfavourably because of their particular personal characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, place of origin, language and culture) or because they belong to a certain group (e.g. socio-economic status).

Discrimination can be direct or indirect:

  • Direct discrimination can occur when a person or group is treated less favourably than another person or group in a similar situation, because of a particular characteristic.
  • Indirect discrimination involves imposing a requirement, condition or practice that operates to disadvantage a person or group with a particular characteristic, and that is not reasonable.

Unlawful Discrimination includes unfair treatment of a person in areas of public life on the basis of the following characteristics: age, association with a child, caring responsibilities, gender identity, disability, marital or domestic partnership status, pregnancy, race, religion, religious appearance or dress (in work or study), sex, sexual orientation, or spouse or domestic partner's identity. 

What to do if you feel you have experienced discrimination?

Sometimes people who have experienced discrimination can feel unsure about talking to others, but taking action may stop the discrimination. The University wants our students to be safe, and encourages you to report discrimination.

Report an incident

This process can often be daunting, so accessing support from the University of Adelaide Counselling Support or Student Care can be a good first step. They can assist you to make a report to the University, or to have a confidential discussion about this process.

Bullying

What is bullying?

Bullying is when people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. These actions are usually done by people who have more influence or power over someone else, or who want to make someone else feel less powerful or helpless.

The sort of repeated behaviour that can be considered bullying includes:

  • Keeping someone out of a group (online or offline)
  • Acting in an unpleasant way near or towards someone
  • Giving nasty looks, making rude gestures, calling names, being rude and impolite, and constantly negative teasing.
  • Spreading rumours or lies, or misrepresenting someone (i.e. using their Facebook account to post messages as if it were them)
  • Mucking about that goes too far
  • Intentionally stalking someone

Definition from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

What to do if you feel you have been bullied?

Sometimes people who have been bullied can feel unsure about talking to others, but taking action may stop the bullying. The University wants our students to be safe, and encourages you to report bullying. Everyone has the right to study in an environment free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence. The University takes a strong stance against this behaviour in the learning environment.

Report an incident

This process can often be daunting, so accessing support from the University of Adelaide Counselling Support or Student Care can be a good first step. They can assist you to make a report to the University, or to have a confidential discussion about this process.

Victimisation

What is victimisation?

Victimisation is unfairly treating people for complaining, helping others to complain, either within the University, to the Equal Opportunity Commission or another external agency. Unlawful victimisation is unfair treatment for complaints about discrimination or  harassment.

What to do if you feel you have experienced victimisation?

Sometimes people who have been victimised can feel unsure about talking to others, but taking action may stop the victimisation. The University wants our students to be safe, and encourages you to report victimisation.

Report an incident

This process can often be daunting, so accessing support from the University of Adelaide Counselling Support or Student Care can be a good first step. They can assist you to make a report to the University, or to have a confidential discussion about this process.

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