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Dealing with Harassment and Unfair Discrimination

Rhodes University is committed to ensuring that the human rights and fundamental dignity of all people is cherished.  Unfair discrimination and harassment as a result of an individual’s membership or perceived membership of a group significantly undermines this commitment. Behaviour stemming from racism, sexism, homophobia and harassment and vilification will be dealt with harshly to ensure that staff and students can work effectively and fully participate in University life.  For the full policy, refer to: Policy Eradicating Unfair Discrimination and Harassment or scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Reporting officers provide support to complainants. If a staff member or student believes that they have been subjected to unfair discrimination and/or harassment, they should be referred to a Reporting Officer. A list of officers can be found at: http://www.ru.ac.za/harassment/reportingofficers/

Complainants have access to a range of recourse mechanisms. 

Complainants are encouraged to report incidents, even if they elect to take the matter no further. Incidents will be collated and reported to various University structures in order to understand the experiences of staff and students and in order to address systemic issues.

This programme is managed by two co-ordinating officers:

  • Dr Colleen Vassiliou
    Phone: 046 603 8181
    E-mail: c.vassiliou@ru.ac.za 
    Dean of Students (office 241 in the Main Admin Building)

  • Sarah Fischer representing the Human Resources Division. She can be contacted at:
    Phone: 046 603 8113
    E-mail: s.fischer@ru.ac.zaa
    Room 210 in the Main Admin building

Policy
In the Mission and Vision Statement of Rhodes University, a commitment is made to developing shared values that embrace human rights and the underpinning fundamental dignity of all people. Unfair discrimination and harassment as a result of an individual's membership or perceived membership of a group significantly undermines this commitment. Behaviour stemming from racism, sexism, homophobia, harassment and vilification will be dealt with harshly.

A policy exists which governs how Rhodes deals with these issues for staff.
Policy on Eradicating Unfair Discrimination & Harrassment

In terms of this policy, it is the HoD's responsibility to ensure an environment free from unfair discrimination and harassment.

Assistance for staff who have experienced harassment and unfair discrimination can be sought from any Reporting Officer. Names and contact details of these Reporting Officers can be found in document below.

Reporting Officers.doc

Staff needing counselling support can contact FAMSA. See counselling support

Last Modified :Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:02:37 SAST