Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination and Creating a Culture of Consent Canvas modules

From February 2024, every first-year student will be granted access to two CANVAS modules: Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination (BHD) and Creating a Culture of Consent (CCoC). Additionally, executive members of clubs will also have access to these two modules as part of their club (re)registration.

This page provides information on what these CANVAS modules entail, their significance, and addresses common questions you may have about them. Please note that this information is specific to the features of the CANVAS modules for general students. Club executive members can find more information about their version of the module through the Student Groups team’s handbook.

Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination (BHD)

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland is committed to creating a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. Part of this commitment prioritises eliminating any instances of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the student environment.

This online course provides participants with an overview of behaviours relating to bullying, harassment, and discrimination—what these concepts are, and examples of what they look and sound like. Participants will learn how to recognise, respond to, and report any of these behaviours, as well as receive guidance on where they can seek further support and be an active bystander.

For more information, please visit Addressing Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination training.

Creating a Culture of Consent (CCoC)

Alongside the University’s commitment to creating a safe, inclusive and equitable environment, we are also committed to eliminating any form of sexual violence on campus. As part of this commitment, every first-year student gains access to CCoC; an online module providing information on healthy relationships, consent, unacceptable behaviours, being an active bystander, and responding to sexual violence.

The module also serves as a resource centre by offering students an easily accessible space to find information on support services both within the University and in the wider community. For more information, please visit Creating Cultures of Consent training.

In-person trainings

In-person workshops, which discuss the Canvas modules in more detail, are available throughout the year. To register, check out the University’s Engage page.

Frequently asked questions

Is it compulsory to complete the Canvas courses?

While strongly encouraged, the Canvas courses are not mandatory. This decision respects the diverse student population at the University of Auckland, acknowledging individual backgrounds and experiences with such sensitive topics.

By keeping the courses optional, we aim to provide a positive experience by reducing the potential for negative feelings that may arise from past experiences of distressing events.

What do I get from completing the Canvas courses?

While the Canvas module is not mandatory, you can gain valuable insights by completing this course. University can be a challenging period, and it's crucial to discern between right and wrong while familiarising yourself with the diverse support services offered by the University. So, go ahead and give it a try!

How long does the course takes to go through?

The time you invest in these courses depends on your reading speed and interaction choices—whether you read/watch everything or just skim and watch videos. We estimate one hour for Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination, and one to three hours for Creating a Culture of Consent. The key is to remember the content for whenever you need it the most, regardless of the time spent interacting with the modules.