Bullying, harassment or discrimination

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment that is free from bullying and unlawful harassment and discrimination.

What is bullying?

Bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed toward a person, or group of people, that creates a risk to health and safety. Examples of bullying include verbal abuse or threats, unjustified criticism or complaints, spreading rumours or physical abuse.

What is unlawful harassment?

Unlawful harassment occurs when a person, or group of people, is intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of one or more characteristics. Examples include telling jokes about a particular racial group, or making derogatory comments or taunts about someone’s race or religion, gender or sexual preference.

Sexual harassment occurs if a person engages in unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in circumstances where a reasonable person would anticipate the possibility that the other person would feel humiliated, intimidated or offended. Examples include, sending sexually explicit emails or texts or asking intrusive questions about someone's personal life.

What is discrimination?

Under law, discrimination occurs when a person, or group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of one or more characteristics or where there is an unreasonable rule or requirement that disadvantages a particular group.

The Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy 2015 provides information about the University’s stance on preventing bullying, harassment and discrimination.