Criteria

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.20.49 pm  – A tick means that the University has clearly met the provisions of the criteria

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.21.01 pm– A cross indicates that the University does not meet the criteria

exclamation– An exclamation means that it is unclear whether the University meets the criteria.       The policy or information provided may not cater specifically to LGBTI students, or not enough information is publicly available in order to determine a tick or a cross.

Criterion 1:

Is there a policy that protects LGBTI students from discrimination and harassment?
Does the university have a policy in place that specifically makes reference to LGBTI people? Does it refer to harassment and/or discrimination on the grounds of sexuality, gender identity, intersex status bodily diversity or atypical physical sex characteristics? Does it mention possible sanctions for those who transgress the policy?

Criterion 2:

Do all staff receive mandatory training on the policy to protect LGBTI staff and students from discrimination and harassment and to ensure that the policy is enforced?
Do all staff attend or take part in mandatory training on the inclusion of same sex attracted people to ensure they know how to enforce transgressions of the policy? Is there also mandatory training on trans and gender diversity awareness and on intersex status, to promote the understanding and inclusion of people born with atypical sex characteristics and to ensure staff know how to enforce transgressions of the policy?

Criterion 3:

Is monitoring conducted and data collected around sexual orientation and/ or gender identity and intersex status?
Do the university and/or students’ union monitor the sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status of current or prospective students so they can better tailor their services? Are the reasons for the collection of this information explained so that students feel comfortable about declaring it?

Criterion 4:

Are welfare and support services, information and resources offered for LGBTI students?
Does the university or students’ union offer tailored support to L,G,B and/or T students and/or students with intersex variations – either through specific information, counsellors, programs or welfare representatives? Is information available from either the university or students’ union on issues such as coming out, bullying and harassment, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, disclosure or stigma? Is it clear where this specific support can be accessed?

Criterion 5:

Is there a society for LGBTI students?
Is there a specific society in the students’ union or university for L,G,B and/or T students and/or students with intersex variations? Are these societies active, do they hold regular meetings and is it clear how to approach and become involved in them?

Criterion 6:

Are events held specifically for LGBTI students?
Are specific one-off or regular events for L,G,B and/or T students and/or students with intersex variations or on LGBTI issues held by the students’ union or university? These could be social nights in the students’ union, regular events held by a society, a parade entry or trip to events such as Mardi Gras or Midsumma, the commemoration of IDAHOT or Intersex Awareness Day or academic, political or other conferences covering such areas.

Criterion 7:

 Is consultation done with LGBTI students?
Are L,G,B and/or T students and/or students with intersex variations consulted as part of the university or students’ union’s decision-making processes? For instance, is there an L,G,B and/or T representative and/or students with intersex variations representative on the students’ union council or on, say, the university’s diversity committees? Are there other ways in which the views of L,G,B and/or T students and/or students with intersex variations can be communicated or in which those students are consulted with?

Criterion 8:

Is there an ally network for LGBTI staff and students?
Is there a network for L,G,B and/or T staff and/or staff with intersex variations that is supported by the university? Does this welcome non-LGBTI ‘allies’? Does this network extend to LGBTI students?

Criterion 9:

Is career advice provided specifically to LGBTI students?
Do the university, the campus career service or students’ union provide specific information or advice to L,G,B and/or T students and/or students with intersex variations regarding the workplace? Do they provide information on organisations they could consider joining to meet other LGBTI people in their chosen industry?

Criterion 10:

Is the university a member of Pride in Diversity?
Is the university a member of Pride in Diversity, a not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of LGBTI employees? This is a sign to prospective students that the university takes the inclusion of LGBTI people seriously.

Criterion 11:

Is there engagement with wider LGBTI communities or with external organisations on LGB, trans and intersex issues?
Does the university sponsor, support or consult with any LGB, trans and gender diverse or intersex-led organisations, events, programs or initiatives external to campus? Does it have links with external organisations on LGB, trans and/or intersex matters, for instance with potential employers regarding making the workforce a safe and supportive place for LGBTI graduates? Does the university reach out to prospective LGBTI students?

Criterion 12:

Are the health needs of LGBTI students supported?
Does the university support inclusive safer sex education programs and initiatives for LGBTI students such as specific advice and information or access to the HPV vaccination? Does the university provide care for students who wish to, or are, transitioning? Does the university provide health support for students born with intersex variations such as counselling and post-surgical function?

Criterion 13:

Provides access to sports facilities for trans and intersex students?
Does the university have a policy in place to enable access to sports facilities by people who are transitioning or have transitioned and/or to people born with atypical sex characteristics who may wish to compete in their birth and legal gender? Does the university have in place specific private changing facilities for people with innate or acquired variations in sex characteristics?

Criterion 14:

Provides support for transitioning students?
Does the university have simple administrative procedures for change of name and gender in official documentation that also ensures protection of privacy?

Criterion 15:

Supports students who identify as non-binary?
Does the university have gender neutral toilets and changing facilities? Do university forms permit use of a non-binary gender marker such as ‘X’?