Flinders University abhors acts of racism.
The University promotes an environment which is free from any form of illegal discrimination and acts of racism are not condoned within the University.
Flinders University is committed to creating a learning, teaching and working environment that values cultural diversity and which enables all staff and students to achieve their full potential.
Staff and students are asked to promote respect for the diverse cultural and religious values that exist in our University.
An act of racism is any action involving a distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on colour, descent, religion, national or ethnic origin. Racism has the effect of impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise of any right or freedom available within the University.
Commonwealth and state legislation makes racial discrimination unlawful.
Racist behaviour may occur:
Involves specific acts of racist behaviour by individuals or groups. This can include language or actions of a racist nature which are offensive, degrading, intimidating or embarrassing.
Describes the way that institutions discriminate directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, through their structures and organisations to support or maintain racism.
Involves the social production and reproduction of racist beliefs and ideas.
Anyone concerned about racism on campus may approach an Equal Opportunity Contact Officer on an informal basis. They will provide support and assistance as well as information on the University's Equal Opportunity policy, Anti-Racism policy and grievance procedures.
The grievance procedures are designed to ensure that you receive a sympathetic and confidential hearing. No action will be taken unless requested by a complainant, and at all stages confidentiality will be preserved.
If you experience racist behaviour keep confidential records of everything that happens. Be sure to include names, witnesses, dates and times of events.
Everyone can contribute to the eradication of racism on campus.
Are your comments or behaviours likely to cause offence?
Racist comments or behaviour can sometimes be unintended.
If you are not sure about any aspect which could give offence you can:
Organisations on campus that can provide advice or information on cultural matters include:
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