The University of Otago is committed to creating an environment where there is no tolerance for sexual misconduct of any kind.
The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy describes the kind of conduct which is unacceptable and the processes by which misconduct can be addressed.
Under the policy anyone affected by sexual misconduct is entitled:
- To be treated with dignity and respect
- To receive appropriate support and guidance
- To have the matter addressed under one or more available pathways
- To say which of those pathways they want to have followed
Available pathways include:
- Being supported to make a police complaint
- Having the matter investigated under the University’s Code of Student Conduct or Ethical Behaviour Policy
- Having the matter investigated under the rules of a Residential College
- Access to ongoing support and guidance (support is always available whether or not someone chooses to make a complaint).
Have you been affected by sexual misconduct?
You are encouraged to report any concerns about sexual misconduct at the University. You can choose who you want to tell about your situation but consider these options:
Te Whare Tāwharau
Te Whare Tāwharau is the University’s sexual violence support and prevention centre. It will provide or arrange support and advocacy for you and guide you through the available processes.
During semester time students are welcome to pop in between 10 and 4, Monday through Friday at 5 Leithbank (Google Maps).
- You can obtain advice from Te Whare Tāwharau without having to disclose who you are.
- If you are unsure about what you would like to do, or unclear about available options Te Whare Tāwharau can help you work through what you think is best for you.
Appropriate contacts include:
- Your manager or supervisor
- Your Divisional HR Manager
- A trusted colleague
Other options for reporting or student support
- A trusted University staff member
- Pastoral staff in Residential Colleges
- Counsellors, doctors and health professionals at the Student Health Service:
- Ministers, or those with a professional role which allows for confidentiality, such as the University Chaplains:
- Dunedin Rape Crisis:
- OUSA Student Support (including Queer Support):
Are you concerned about someone else?
- Help them find this page and report their concerns
- Contact one of the services listed above to receive further advice about how to help
- Staff receiving reports of sexual misconduct are specifically referred to the expectations of clause 4(c) of the Sexual Misconduct Policy
- You can obtain further confidential advice from the SMART Coordinator, Kelly Ferguson:
SMART is the University’s Sexual Misconduct Action Response Team. SMART maintains oversight of sexual misconduct processes at the University to ensure that proper process is followed and affected parties are supported.