Support for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Bullying

  1. Support Services

Who to contact:

The most appropriate resource for you to contact for support, advice or information will depend on the circumstances. It should be someone you feel comfortable talking to.

At UQ, you can talk to:

You can also contact external agencies, such as:

Need emergency support?

If you are experiencing an emergency or have just experienced sexual assault and misconduct then you can call:

Sexual Misconduct Support Unit

The Unit can assist the UQ community with:

  • academic support (accessing extensions and special considerations);
  • advice on housing and financial support;
  • emotional support and counselling; and
  • information about how to report experiences of sexual assault and misconduct to the University.

It is a safe and supportive place for the UQ community to receive guidance around sexual assault and misconduct

You can contact the SMS Unit by:

B. Policy and Guidelines

Sexual Harassment

UQ policy & Procedures Library --> Organisation, Government & Corporate Management --> Equity & Diversity --> Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Some key points:

  • Resolution of complaints of sexual harassment will take place through either the Student Grievance Resolution process or the Staff Grievance Resolution procedures as appropriate (see below).
  • The University has designated a number of Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers (DHCOs) across the University who can provide a first point of contact for anyone seeking information about sexual harassment issues (see below for contact details). The role of a DHCO is to provide information about University policies, procedures, where to access support and advice; and to encourage parties involved to generate options toward resolution at the lowest possible level. A DHCO does not have a role to “support” any party in a grievance, nor to advise, adjudicate, advocate, mediate or conciliate. Advice on sexual harassment policies and procedures may be obtained from a variety of other sources including Workplace Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, and from appropriate external agencies (see below for contact details). Staff and students may consult and receive support from their union.
  • All staff are reminded to complete EO Online, the online equity and diversity training accessible through the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion website. The supervisor subsequently checks that all staff have completed EO Online.

Discrimination and harassment

UQ policy & Procedures Library --> Organisation, Government & Corporate Management --> Equity & Diversity --> Discrimination and harassment

Some key points:

  • This policy covers all staff and students of The University of Queensland who are engaged in University-related activity either on University property or off-campus. This includes volunteer workers or any other person whose workplace health and safety might be affected by the legitimate activities of the University.
  • Staff and students who have a grievance related to discrimination, harassment or bullying may wish to take one or more of the following actions:
  • Staff and students who wish to pursue a grievance may seek resolution through following the Staff or Student Grievance Resolution Procedures (see below).
  • Supervisors or managers to whom a complaint regarding discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and/or workplace bullying is made should refer to the relevant staff or student grievance resolution procedure.
  • If the alleged behaviour involves actual or threatened physical assault, it may be referred by the Chief Operating Officer or Senior Executive responsible for academic employee relations, or by the Academic Registrar or nominee, to the police to be handled under the Queensland Criminal Code.

Student Grievance Resolution Procedure

UQ policy & Procedures Library --> Teaching & Learning--> Student Rights & Responsibilities--> Student Grievance Resolution

Staff Grievance Resolution Procedure

UQ policy & Procedures Library --> Human Resources --> Performance Management & Grievance Procedures --> Staff grievance resolution