Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination Policy

Document Title: Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination Policy

Document Number: EOA-001

Effective Date: June 8, 2024

Review Date: June 8, 2025

1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline Rosehill College’s commitment to promoting equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion, and to address discrimination in all its forms. This policy ensures that all staff and students are treated with respect and dignity, and that the college environment is free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all staff, students, and visitors at Rosehill College. It covers all activities related to the college, including admissions, employment, education, and services provided by or associated with the college.

3. Policy Statements

3.1 Commitment to Equal Opportunity

  • Equal Access: Rosehill College is committed to providing equal access to education and employment opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other characteristic.
  • Inclusivity: The college fosters an inclusive environment that values diversity and ensures all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Merit-Based Decisions: Admissions, employment, and other decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities without discrimination.

3.2 Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment

  • Zero Tolerance: Rosehill College has a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination, harassment, bullying, and any form of victimization.
  • Definitions: Discrimination, harassment, and bullying are defined according to relevant legislation and college policies, and include any behavior that is unwelcome or offensive, targeting individuals based on protected characteristics.

3.3 Addressing Discrimination and Harassment

  • Reporting Mechanisms: Provide clear and accessible mechanisms for reporting incidents of discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
  • Investigation and Resolution: Ensure all reports are investigated promptly and impartially, and appropriate actions are taken to resolve the issues.
  • Support for Affected Individuals: Provide support services to individuals affected by discrimination or harassment, including counseling and advocacy.

4. Procedures

4.1 Reporting Discrimination and Harassment

  1. How to Report:
    • Students: Report incidents to the Student Service Officer.
    • Staff: Report incidents to the Human Resources (HR) Manager.
    • Contact Details:
  2. Confidentiality:
    • Reports can be made confidentially, and the identity of the reporting individual will be protected to the extent possible.
  3. Documentation:
    • Use the Discrimination Report Form available on the college website or from the Student Service Office to document incidents.

4.2 Investigation Process

  1. Initial Assessment:
    • Conduct an initial assessment within 5 working days of receiving the report to determine the nature and severity of the incident.
  2. Formal Investigation:
    • Appoint an impartial investigator to conduct a formal investigation. The investigator will gather evidence, interview involved parties, and review relevant documentation.
  3. Resolution:
    • Based on the findings, take appropriate actions which may include disciplinary measures, mediation, or changes to policies and practices.
  4. Communication:
    • Inform the reporting individual and the respondent of the investigation outcomes and any actions taken within 30 days.

4.3 Support Services

  1. Counseling:
    • Provide access to counseling services for individuals affected by discrimination or harassment.
  2. Advocacy:
    • Offer advocacy support to help individuals understand their rights and navigate the reporting and resolution process.

4.4 Education and Training

  1. Awareness Programs:
    • Conduct regular training and awareness programs for staff and students on equal opportunity, diversity, and anti-discrimination.
  2. Policy Dissemination:
    • Make the policy readily available to all staff, students, and visitors through the college website and internal communications.

5. Responsibilities

  • Student Service Officer:
    • Handle reports of discrimination and harassment from students.
    • Provide support services and facilitate access to counseling.
  • Human Resources (HR) Manager:
    • Handle reports of discrimination and harassment from staff.
    • Oversee investigations and ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Academic Manager:
    • Collaborate with the HR Manager and Student Service Officer to address any issues related to academic environments or policies.
  • All Staff and Students:
    • Actively participate in creating an inclusive environment.
    • Report any incidents of discrimination or harassment they experience or witness.

6. Review Compliance

  • Monthly Review: The policy and its effectiveness are reviewed monthly in the RTO Management Meeting.
  • Governance Schedule: Review as per the Governance Schedule to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Annual Review: Conduct an annual review using feedback from staff and students to enhance the effectiveness of the policy.

7. Document Control

  • Version Number: V1.1
  • Approved By: CEO
  • Approval Date: June 8, 2024
  • Review Date: June 8, 2025