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Discrimination, bullying and harassment

What is discrimination?

Unlawful discrimination occurs when a person or a group of people are treated less favourably than another person or group because of race; colour; national or ethnic origin; gender or marital status; disability; religion or political beliefs; sexual preference; or some other central characteristic. Discrimination may occur when a person is denied the opportunity to participate freely and fully in normal day-to-day activities; for example being harassed in the workplace or being denied entry to public places and other facilities.

What is bullying?

Bullying occurs where an individual or group of individuals repeatedly behave unreasonably towards a person or group of persons and that behaviour creates a risk to health and safety.

What is harassment?

Unawful harassment occurs when a person is made to feel intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of their race; colour; national or ethnic origin; sex; disability; sexual preference; or some other characteristic specified under anti-discrimination or human rights legislation. Harassment may include behaviour, comments or images which a reasonable person would consider to be offensive, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.

Your lecturers and supervisors have a responsibility to provide you with academic guidance and advice throughout your learning journey. This may include critical statements and feedback, monitoring and reviewing your work and academic performance. Correction, highlighting areas for improvement, performance counselling or initiating misconduct procedures, does not in itself constitute harassment.

Want to know more?

If you are concerned about discrimination, bullying or harassment:

USQ also has a Prevention of Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Procedure available for further information.

How to submit a complaint

If, after reviewing these policies, you believe you have grounds for a complaint of discrimination, bullying or harassment, please complete our online complaint form