Victimization occurs when a person treats another person ("the victimized person") less favourably than in those circumstances he or she treats or would treat other persons, and does so by reason that the victimized person or any other person ("the third person")
has made, or intends to make, a complaint under the Policy; or
has furnished, or intends to furnish, information or documents in relation to a complaint; or
has appeared, or intends to appear as a witness in a complaint investigation process; or
has reasonably asserted his/her own or another person's rights under the Policy.
Under the above circumstances, the victimized person or the third person may file a complaint on the ground of victimization.
No staff member or student of the University shall be subject to victimization or reprisal for initiating a good faith complaint, for participating in conciliation, for providing information in the complaint investigation processes, or for participating in the formal disciplinary procedures. However, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any staff member or student making a false or malicious complaint or intentionally providing false information in any complaint or conciliation process.
The procedure for handling complaints of victimization will broadly replicate the process of handling complaints of sexual harassment, except that the Panel Convenor will make the final decision.
If it can be demonstrated that an act of victimization has been committed, the University will take action according to the prevailing disciplinary procedures or other appropriate rules and regulations of the University.
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