EQUS is committed to ensuring its members (staff, students, collaborators and visitors) are not subjected to behaviours, practices or processes that may constitute discrimination, harassment or victimisation outlined by this code and by the law.
This code of conduct intends to provide guidance to EQUS members engaged in activities for, or on behalf of, EQUS in their interactions with colleagues, students, collaborators and other stakeholders nationally or internationally.
This code is a set of general principles rather than detailed prescriptions. It stands besides but does not exclude or replace the rights and responsibilities of members to their employing organisations, under Common Law or any Commonwealth and State legislations.
EQUS will not tolerate any sort of discrimination, harassment or victimisation. Should a member of EQUS be accused of discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation, the EQUS Centre Executive will take immediate appropriate actions as necessary.
All members should be aware all policies on discrimination, harassment and victimisation at their employing organisations.
Members of EQUS and any participants at EQUS activities and events should:
Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably because of personal characteristics which includes a disability, parental status, race, colour, descent, national origin, age, sex, industrial activities, religion, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political opinion, social origin, medical record, or an association with someone who has or is assumed to have one of these personal characteristics or may have it at some time in the future.
Sexual Harassment is a specific and serious form of harassment. It is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, spoken or written. It can include:
Members of EQUS and any participants at EQUS activities are asked to:
Victimisation is subjecting or threatening to subject someone to a detriment because they have asserted their rights under equal opportunity law, made a complaint, helped someone else make a complaint, or refused to do something because it would be discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.
It is also victimisation to threaten someone (such as a witness) who may be involved in investigating an equal opportunity concern or complaint.
Members of EQUS and any participants at EQUS activities are asked to not be engaged or encourage any forms of victimisation.
Breaches of this Code of Conduct will not be tolerated. Depending on the situation, breaches could result in informal or formal disciplinary proceedings. Any breaches should be reported to a supervisory officer independent of the breach. Any member who wishes to report a violation of this Code of Conduct is asked to speak, in confidence, to the:
At any EQUS sponsored or affiliated conferences and workshops, participants will be asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour immediately. Participants may be asked to leave the event.
Every report will be documented securely and privately such that details are visible to the Chief Operations Officer of EQUS and specific parties authorized by the report-raiser. With the consent and sign-off from the report-raiser, each incident will be mediated on a case-by-case basis. If desired, the report-raiser can choose for EQUS to arrange for third-party mediation of a dispute via trained mediators from outside the academic community.
For an informal, confidential discussion, please feel free to approach EQUIP committee members at each node.
The Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the EQUS Centre Executive to ensure it remains consistent with the objectives and responsibilities of EQUS.