Equity Policy and Procedures
This policy supports the University to achieve its mission and strategic objectives, consistent with its values and commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
The University of Auckland is committed to meeting its responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi, and achieving equity outcomes.
- The University acknowledges the distinct status of Māori as tangata whenua and is committed to partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- The University will identify and seek to eliminate unfair and illegal barriers and support equitable access, participation, engagement and success for all staff and students, particularly Māori as well as those from equity groups, by developing robust equity strategies with measurable outcomes.
- The University aims to provide a safe and inclusive study and work environment characterised by impartial, merit based decision making. It will plan, resource, monitor and report progress towards the achievement of aspirational equity goals. It will foster fairness and respect for social, cultural and gender identity diversity.
- The University will enhance its national and international reputation and attract, retain and support talented people to achieve their potential through its commitment to equity outcomes. This will benefit the creative and intellectual life of the University, and support engagement with the University’s diverse communities.
- The University opposes discrimination, including discrimination on the prohibited grounds stated in the Human Rights Act 1993, being sex, marital status, religious belief, ethical belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status, and sexual orientation.
- The University will meet the requirement for ‘an equal opportunities programme’ under the State Sector and Education Acts by faculty and service division strategic and annual plans, reported through annual equity reporting to the University’s Equity Committee, which reports to Council. It will comply with all Tertiary Education Commission equity reporting requirements, and will comply with all applicable legislation in its pursuit of equity.
Disabilities includes those who are blind or Deaf; have hearing or vision impairments; impairment due to head injury, medical conditions or mental health conditions; physical or mobility impairments; speech impairments and specific learning disabilities
Discrimination means denial of participation or human rights to categories of people based on prejudice. It includes detrimental treatment of an individual or group based on their actual or perceived membership of a certain group or social category. Discrimination may be conscious or unconscious, direct or indirect
Equity at the University of Auckland means fairness and justice within a safe and inclusive study and work environment that enables talented people to achieve their potential and the University to achieve its strategic objectives.
Equity groups are more likely to have experienced one or more barriers to accessing and succeeding at the University, such as discrimination, marginalisation, under- representation, underachievement in school, and/or socioeconomic background.
The University prioritises equity groups including:
- Pacific students and staff
- Staff and students with disabilities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) students and staff
- Students and staff from refugee backgrounds (SSRB)
- Students from low socio-economic backgrounds (low SEB)
- Men or women where there are barriers to access and success
The University will monitor terms and conditions including for those with family and caring responsibilities, diverse ethnic groups, mature aged staff, professional staff, and temporary, part time and casual staff, to ensure fairness and inclusion for these groups
Equity outcomes are the measurable qualitative and/or quantitative results of equity strategies, plans, policies and practices
Inclusive means including everyone and not excluding any part of society
Māori students and staff are tangata whenua and as such the University will prioritise them
Marginalisation means exclusion from full participation in all aspects of society
Refugee means a person ‘who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable to or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country’ (The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees)
Students from low socio-economic backgrounds refers to students from backgrounds characterised by a combination of social and economic factors including parents without educational qualifications, low household income, parents in low skilled occupations, reliance on government income support and household overcrowding
Under-representation means lower representation of a group compared with their representation in the wider community or peer group
University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries
Key relevant documents
Include the following:
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
- The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Employment Relations Act 2000
- Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994
- Human Rights Act 1993
- Privacy Act 1993
- Education Act 1990
- State Sector Act 1988
- The New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006
- The Equal Pay Act 1972
- The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
- The Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2018
- The Māori Education Strategy - Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017
- The Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017
- TEC Kia Ōrite: Achieving Equity - New Zealand Code of Practice for an Inclusive Tertiary Education Environment for Students with Impairments
- University of Auckland Strategic Plan 2013-2020
- Work, Life, Family and Carers Policy
- Prevention of Bullying and Harassment Policy
- Academic Timetabling Policy
- Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes (UTAS) Policy
- Merit Relative to Opportunity Policy
- Merit Relative to Opportunity Guidelines
- Staff with Disabilities Guidelines
- Equity and Admissions Taskforce Report 2008
- Flexible Work Policy
- Impartial Decision–making Policy
- Staff with Disabilities Policy
- Parental Leave Policy
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- University of Auckland Strategic Review of Inclusive Teaching and Learning
- University of Auckland Guidelines for Equity in Recruitment and Selection Processes
- Equity Policy Guidelines
Document management and control
Content manager: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity)
Owner: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity)
Approved by: Chancellor
Date approved: 15 December 2014
Review date: 15 December 2017