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Workplace Bullying Policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Policy was approved by the Vice-Chancellor on 23 December 2013 and came into effect on 1 January 2014.

(2) This Policy incorporates all amendments to 22 July 2015.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(3) To confirm the University's commitment to:

  1. providing a working environment which is free from workplace bullying
  2. preventing workplace bullying
  3. responding to workplace bullying.

(4) This Policy must be considered in conjunction with relevant University policy and procedures, including but not limited to the Health and Safety Policy, the Code of Conduct and the Staff Discipline Policy, which may apply if this Policy is breached.

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Section 3 - Scope

(5) This Policy applies to all staff and associates of the University.

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Section 4 - Policy

Workplace bullying

(6) The University:

  1. Is committed to the prevention of workplace bullying.
  2. Will not tolerate any act of workplace bullying.
  3. Expects all staff and associates to behave professionally and in accordance with the Code of Conduct and to understand and fulfil their Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities.
  4. Requires managers and supervisors to take reasonable steps to ensure that their staff are not subject to workplace bullying.
  5. Has a Workplace Bullying Procedure which sets out how to comply with this policy.
  6. Will investigate complaints promptly, confidentially and impartially.
  7. Requires all staff to participate in resolution at the local level wherever possible.
  8. Will take reasonable steps to ensure staff who make complaints, or act as witnesses are not victimised.
  9. Will take disciplinary action against anyone found to have engaged in workplace bullying, in accordance with the Staff Discipline Policy. Where workplace bullying involves physical violence or the threat of physical violence, the University may refer the matter to the police for action.
  10. Will take disciplinary action against anyone found to have made a frivolous or vexatious complaint.
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Section 5 - Procedure

(7) Refer to the Workplace Bullying Procedure.

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Section 6 - Definitions

(8) For the purpose of this Policy:

  1. Associates: contractors, consultants, volunteers, visiting appointees and visitors to the University.
  2. Repeated behaviour: persistent nature of the behaviour and can involve a range of behaviours over time.
  3. Staff: a member of the academic or general staff, executive or honorary staff member.
  4. Unreasonable behaviour: behaviour that a reasonable person, having regard for the circumstances, would see as unreasonable, including behaviour that is victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
  5. Victimisation: any form of detriment directed at a person for alleging, making or participating in, supporting or resolving a complaint of workplace bullying; or a person associated with a person who alleges, makes or participates in, supports or resolves a complaint of workplace bullying.
  6. Worker: staff and associates.
  7. Workplace bullying: repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.