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Support and connection for staff

Contact us

We are here to support you, please email us.

Email rainbow@otago.ac.nz

Gender affirmation and transition support

The University is committed to supporting any employee who is transitioning. This reflects the gender identity standard developed by Statistics New Zealand.

Download/view Stats New Zealand statistical standard for sexual identity (PDF)

The following Guide provides practical information about how gender transitioning of staff can be supported at the University of Otago.

Gender Transitioning at Work Guidelines

Gender categories and titles

All staff can change their gender recorded in HR systems online, in the Web Kiosk. Categories are "female", "male" and "gender diverse".  

Ethical Behaviour Policy

The purpose of the Ethical Behaviour Policy is to promote ethical interactions between members of the University community, and ensure that the University provides an inclusive environment of safety, respect and dignity so members can participate fully in all aspects of University life.

Part of this is about ensuring that University staff and students can work and study without being subject to any kind of discrimination or harassment, including gender discrimination, personal harassment, and/or bullying.

The policy contains processes for reporting and resolving breaches of the policy.

Ethical Behaviour Policy

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Programme is a free, confidential counselling service for staff. The purpose of the programme is to provide short-term, brief, intervention counselling.

Employee Assistance Programme

Gender-neutral bathroom list

Download/view the list of gender-neutral toilets on campus (PDF)

Please note: This list is in the process of being updated.

Rainbow Brown Bag Lunches

 The aim of these monthly lunches is to create a social space for staff within the rainbow communities and any allies who wish to join us. The lunches provide a casual space for people to connect.

Details of the lunches and other events