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Policy Against Racism

 

Approving Authority:

Council

Establishment Date:

25 August 1995

Date Last Amendment:

N/A

Nature of Amendment:

N/A

Date Last Reviewed:

N/A

Responsible Officer:

Director, Human Resources

 

Table of Contents

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Policy Statement
Definition
Education


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Policy Statement

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. Administrative and/or disciplinary steps will be taken to deal with any such acts or activities brought to the University's attention.

This policy is not intended to interfere with the affirmative action strategies of the University's Equity Plan.

The mere fact that a particular act or series of acts causes offence to a person or persons of particular racial origin does not of itself mean that the act or series of acts breaches this policy.

This policy is not intended to interfere with academic, artistic, scientific or research activities, discussions or debates.

 

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Definition

An act of racism is any action involving a distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on colour, descent, religion or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of any right or freedom available within the University.

Commonwealth and State Government legislation makes racial discrimination unlawful. Categories of racism include:

  • Individual racism 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;
  • Institutional racism describes the way social institutions discriminate directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, through their structures and organisations to support or maintain racism.
  • Cultural racism involves the social production and reproduction of racist beliefs and ideas, both implicit and explicit.

 

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Education

The University has a separate Grievance Procedure which covers complaints under this policy. This policy covers:

Informal Complaints

Informal complaints may be made in writing or orally and are dealt with by Contact Officers and Conciliators.

Formal Complaints

Formal complaints must be made in writing to the Vice-Chancellor and will be dealt with under the University's Formal Grievance Procedures.

Complaints of racism can also be made in relation to acts that are directed at a particular category of people rather than towards a particular individual. In such instances, representative associations can lodge complaints on behalf of their members.