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ADDRESSING SEXUAL
ORIENTATION ISSUES
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is tackled headon by the university in its Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation,
which was ratified in December 2017 and promoted during the
Student Wellness Service’s Wellness Drive in August 2018.
“[T]he aim of the policy is to provide
a discrimination-free environment
that is reflected in the way we teach,
the way we communicate, the way we
engage with one another in creating
an inclusive culture on campus for
sexually diverse populations,” she said.
The document outlines six main
areas for implementation of the
inclusivity policy. The first of these is
The policy aims to create a campus
environment for staff and students
that is free from discrimination in all
spheres, including teaching content
and language, the university’s code
of conduct, and culture.
Dr Sianne Alves, director of the
Office for Inclusivity and Change
(OIC), said the university initiated the
development of the policy in 2014.
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