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The University has Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers (HDCOs) who are trained to assist staff and students with complaints or problems relating to equal opportunity, discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.
They treat information with strict confidentiality and are committed to principles of procedural fairness.
Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers:
help clarify issues, both for complainant and respondent
propose options for dealing with situations
suggest appropriate avenues for conflict resolution
provide information on Deakin University policies and relevant legislation.
They also have a broader role across the University, including:
raising awareness about acceptable behaviour in the workplace
providing information to staff and managers on equitable policies and anti-discrimination legislation
raising issues related to equal opportunity at the University level and reporting on problems.
Contact Officers do not provide advice or resolve or investigate complaints. They are not to be an advocate for any party.
If you would like assistance from a Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officer, contact someone on the list below.
Contact Officers may be called upon at short notice to deal with people who are distressed.