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Policy: Student complaint resolution

Purpose

To provide a set of principles for the resolution of student concerns about their experience at the University.

Overview

This policy covers students' complaints about unfair treatment in a course, discrimination, sexual or other harassment, bullying, and other grievances that arise during the student's time at the ANU.

Scope

This policy applies to all students and staff of the ANU.

This policy and associated procedure do not cover specified instances that are covered under other legislation:

Policy statement

  1. The Australian National University has an approach to complaints and grievances that:
  1. provides a work and study environment that is responsive, safe and fair for all members of the University community;
  2. is consistent with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards), Education Services for Overseas Student Act, and privacy legislation
  1. The University does not tolerate bullying, discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, victimisation or vilification through any means or medium. It also has legal responsibilities to students regarding behaviour, work practices, policies or processes that may constitute unlawful discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, victimisation or vilification.
  2. The University encourages students to raise concerns so that these may be addressed.
  3. Complaints are treated seriously, expeditiously and sensitively, having due regard to procedural fairness, confidentiality and the potential for victimisation.
  4. Complaints are resolved by a process of discussion, cooperation and conciliation as soon as possible after an incident or situation has occurred, with an acceptable outcome that minimises any potential detriment to ongoing work or study relationships.
  5. Complaint resolution is an integral part of managers' and supervisors' duties, which also include responsibility for identifying, preventing, responding to and redressing problems experienced by students.
  6. Both the complainant and the respondent receive appropriate information, support and assistance in resolving a complaint.
  7. Where a complaint concerns an enrolled student who is also employed as a staff member of the University, the complaint may be addressed under this policy or under the related policy for staff complaint resolution, as appropriate.
  8. Anonymous complaints are not able to be investigated and resolved.
  9. Complaints that are frivolous, vexatious or lacking in substance are not investigated. Students are expected to participate in the complaint resolution process in good faith.
  10. Requirements relating to confidentiality and privacy extend to the use and storage of any information and records related to a complaint.
  11. The Dean of Students acts as a neutral intermediary between students and the University. The Dean assists students to determine whether a complaint or grievance is reasonable, clarify the best way to address the complaint within the University, and, where appropriate, helps a student to resolve a complaint informally. Consultations with the Dean of Students are entirely confidential, do not constitute instigation of a formal complaint, and no action is taken unless a student agrees it should be taken.

Information

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Title Student complaint resolution
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_000468
Version 8
Purpose To provide a set of principles for the resolution of student concerns about their experience at the University.
Audience Students
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students
 
Effective Date 3 Aug 2011
Review Date 14 May 2018
 
Responsible Officer Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Division of Student Administration
Authority