Harassment

The University of Auckland is committed to being safe, inclusive and equitable for all our staff and students. Harassment can threaten your sense of personal security or make you feel uneasy. It is not acceptable and is not tolerated.

If you feel in immediate danger, or you witness behaviour that appears dangerous, call the Police on 111.

The University has resources to support staff and students who experience, witness or are concerned about harassment.

Phone numbers for help are below with links to more information.

What is harassment?

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is offensive, humiliating or intimidating to any other person and is either repeated, or of such significant nature that it has a detrimental effect on the person, their performance or their work and study environment. Harassment can be:

It can also be based on your

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity 
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Physical characteristics or mental ability

 

What does harassment look like or sound like?

Harassment can take many forms. It can be:

  • Verbal (e.g. name calling; offensive comments or ‘jokes’)
  • Non-verbal (e.g. offensive material left for you to find; texts and emails)
  • Physical (e.g. gestures; intimidating and aggressive behaviour)

You may know the person who is harassing you, or the harassment may be anonymous via phone calls, texts or emails, and from outside the University.

Regardless of its focus or how it is delivered, harassment at the University is never acceptable.

What can I do if I experience harassment?

If you feel in immediate danger, or you witness behaviour that appears dangerous, call the Police on 111.

For help and support from the University:

Staff

  • Report harassment to your academic head, line manager or HR representative or through one of the options outlined on the Staff and Student Complaint Process flowchart.

  • If you are not sure who to contact or wish to discuss a threat from an external or anonymous source, call the Staff Service Centre (SSC) on ext 86000. You will be directed to specially trained staff who will support you and ensure appropriate, confidential follow-up actions are taken to help keep you safe.
  • You can use the University’s anonymous reporting service, which offers on online reporting option. A report will be sent to the University and you will be informed of options for further action.
  • Staff can access the free and confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), for personal support and counselling.

Students

Depending on who has been harassing you, students can report the incident to one of the options on the Staff and Student Complaint Process flowchart

  • The University Proctors (Professor Gillian Lewis and Michael Rengers are your contacts for non-academic misconduct including harassment) 09 293 7005 or 027 839 3832

  • AUSA Advocacy (a free and confidential advocacy service, independent from the University) 09 309 0789
  • You can use the University’s anonymous reporting service, which offers on online reporting option. A report will be sent to the University and you will be informed of options for further action.
  • More info on personal support options for students, including the Student Health and Counselling Service.