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Faculty of Science

Equal employment opportunity

Macquarie University is committed to ensuring a safe, secure, fair and inclusive environment for all students and staff. The safety and wellbeing of everyone on campus is our priority. The University condemns any form of inappropriate behaviour; it is in breach of University policy and is often against the law.

It is the responsibility and duty of everyone on campus to prevent and eliminate inappropriate behaviour. All forms of harassment or bullying are contrary to University policy; they will not be tolerated and could lead to suspension or dismissal.

What is appropriate behaviour?


What is inappropriate behaviour?

What is discrimination?

Any behaviour between an individual or a group that results in disadvantaging some people. Discrimination may be direct or indirect. It is against the law to discriminate on the grounds of:

What is bullying?

Bullying is any type of behaviour that offends, humiliates or intimidates someone; and that could put that person, or someone else's, health, safety or welfare at risk. It can be committed by anyone against anyone and is generally an abuse of some source of power held by the bully. Bullying is generally against the law in Australia. Examples of bullying are:

Workplace bullying is not always a simple abuse of power from supervisor to subordinate: for example, employees or students can bully their supervisors, and workplace bullying can occur between members of an ostensibly equal group.

What is harassment?

Harassment is any form of behaviour that: offends, embarrasses, degrades, humiliates, intimidates, puts down and is not welcome. It can be of a sexual nature and may include the telling of sexual jokes or stories, displaying material of a sexual nature or the emailing of pornographic material or website addresses. Alternatively it may target people because of their race or other characteristics. It is often illegal.

Getting help @ Macquarie

For students:
Student Contact Officers: Manager, Equity & Diversity, Kate Wilson on 98507471
Macquarie University Counselling and Health Unit Tel: 9850 7497

For staff:
Contact Officers for Staff: Manager, Equity & Diversity, Kate Wilson on 98507471
Faculty HR Manager: Andrea Lerche
Macquarie University Counselling and Health Unit Tel: 9850 7497