Harassment and Bullying

UniSA's commitment to a diverse, inclusive and safe University culture means that we strive to ensure our campuses and learning environments are free from bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment and violence. We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and harassment, to advancing equality of opportunity and to enriching and sustaining an inclusive and respectful culture where our people thrive.

Further information can be found under the Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedures and the Treating People with Respect: A Good Practice Guide for staff members.

If you feel that there is more we can do to inform you or support you in building a diverse, inclusive, culturally competent University, or improve our guides please email your feedback or advice to ptc@unisa.edu.au

Sexual assault and harassment

Sexual assault, which includes rape, is an unlawful act that covers a range of forced and/or coerced sexual behaviours that are unwanted and have not been consented to.

Sexual harassment is defined under the South Australian Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984. These acts are administered by the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner. Sexual harassment can include:

  • Intentional and unwelcome acts of physical intimacy
  • Requests or demands (directly by implication) for sexual favours
  • Remarks with sexual overtones made on more than one occasion where, in the circumstances, it is reasonable for the person to feel offended, humiliated and intimidated. 1

Both men and women can experience sexual harassment at work. Sexual harassment isn't always unlawful but may be considered misconduct in almost all employment situations and relationships.

The University has prepared a Guide for Staff - Supporting people who have experienced sexual assault or harassment and a Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment website that provides detailed advice and support.

Workplace bullying and harassment

Workplace bullying can affect the psychological and physical health of a person and is unlawful. It is defined in Australian law as repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards an employee or a group of employees that creates a risk to health and safety. More information regarding what counts as workplace bullying can be found in the Treating People with Respect: A Good Practice Guide.

A manager taking responsible action in a reasonable way, for example in directing and allocating work and providing feedback on staff members performance, is not workplace bullying.

The People, Talent and Culture Unit have created Recognising and Managing Workplace Bullying as a resource to help staff and managers to recognise and combat bullying in the workplace.

1 Sexual harassment is not sexual interaction, flirtation, attraction or friendship that is invited, mutual, consensual or reciprocated.

Respect. Now. Always.