Discrimination&Harassment Contact Officer Training
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Duration: 7 hours
Coordinator: Miss Caitlin Bennett
Presenter: Miss Jordan Akhurst
This workshop is for staff who are interested in becoming a Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer (DHCO).
UQ is committed to developing an environment that ensures staff, students and visitors are not subjected to behaviours, practices or processes that may constitute discrimination, harassment, vilification, victimisation and bullying. DHCOs are often the first point of contact for staff and students with queries related to these issues, and are trained to provide information to staff and students about the different internal and external support and reporting options available to them. DHCOs also undertake awareness raising initiatives in their local organisational unit.
Pre-requisite: Prior to undertaking training, participants must: (1) obtain supervisor's support; (2) complete EO Online (Modules 1 & 2) and (3) familiarise themselves with relevant University policies.
This course will enable participants to:
1. Gain an overview of the legislative and policy environment in which The University of
2. Understand the role of the Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer (DHCO)
3. Develop a basic understanding of the University's grievance resolution procedures
and options available for staff and students seeking resolution of issues related to
harassment and discrimination
4. Understand appropriate referrals (e.g., staff and student counselling)
5. Practice the role of a DHCO.
Following the completion of this course selected participants who displayed aptitude for the role will be invited to take on the role of a DHCO.
We acknowledge that the time of this course is outside of family-friendly hours and so may impact the ability for staff with caring responsibilities to attend. If the timing of this course does impact you please contact the Course Coordinator and we will try to find suitable alternative arrangements.