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Policy Statements

Equity of Employment Opportunities

Massey University is committed to upholding its responsibilities as an Equal Opportunities Employer and creating a workplace that attracts, retains and values diverse employees. To achieve this policy objective Massey University will:

(a) provide equal opportunities for recruitment, appointment, development and promotion for all current and prospective employees, regardless of sex, marital status, religious belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status or sexual orientation;

(b) develop and maintain a workplace culture that values and supports diversity;

(c) ensure that it provides a safe, supportive and healthy environment for all employees that is conducive to quality teaching, research and community service;

(d) identify and eliminate all aspects of policies and procedures and other institutional barriers that cause or perpetuate inequality in respect of the employment of any person or group of persons;

(e) not tolerate any form of unfair discrimination in the workplace on any ground, including sex, marital status, religious belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status or sexual orientation;

(f) promote equal employment opportunities as an integral part of University policies and practices;

(g) monitor, review and evaluate progress towards achieving equal employment opportunities.

Equity of Educational Opportunity

Massey University is committed to providing equity of access to educational opportunities for all current and prospective students irrespective of their sex, marital status, religious belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, age political opinion, employment status, family status or sexual orientation. To achieve this policy objective Massey University will:

(a) encourage enrolment from under-represented groups: specifically Maori, People with Disability, Pacific Peoples and Women;

(b) provide a learning environment that facilitates successful participation by all students, including those with specific needs;

(c) be pro-active in providing access and equitable opportunities for success for groups that are under-represented;

(d) ensure that each student has the opportunity to achieve according to his or her own individual potential;

(e) ensure that its processes or procedures are non-discriminatory and pay due consideration to the needs of all groups of students; and

(f) monitor its performance against this policy objective.

Treaty of Waitangi

Massey University is committed to giving effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi within the policies and practices of the University and to recognising the mutual benefits that follow. It will promote Māori development and full Māori participation across the University, maintain the Māori language as an official language of the University, foster mutual regard and understanding for academic knowledge and customary Māori knowledge, recognise and acknowledge the special status of tangata whenua in the mana whenua of each campus, seek opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships with Māori, and facilitate teaching and research programmes consistent with Māori aspirations and processes.

Harassment Prevention and Complaints Resolution

1. Massey University is committed to creating and maintaining a work and study environment that is free from any form of harassment. The University regards harassment of any kind as completely unacceptable and acknowledges that it seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust and respect that is essential to a healthy environment.

2. Harassment includes using language, visual material or physical behaviour in a way that is unwelcome, hurtful or offensive to another person and either through repetition or because of its significant nature, has a detrimental effect on that person. Harassment may be of a sexual nature or based on gender, marital status, religious belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, age political opinion, employment status, family status, sexual orientation or other grounds.

3. To prevent harassment and ensure the prompt resolution of harassment-related complaints Massey University will:

(a) educate staff and students about the Harassment Prevention and Complaints Resolution Policy and the procedures that the University has in place for resolving harassment-related complaints;

(b) support any staff member or student who is harassed in the course of his/her work or study;

(c) provide a number of trained staff and students at each of its campuses who are available to meet with students and staff concerned about harassment;

(d) provide confidential, impartial processes for achieving prompt resolution of harassment-related complaints on each University campus; and

(e) ensure that the rights of all parties to harassment complaints processes are observed at all times.

Health and Safety

1. Massey University regards the promotion and maintenance of health and safety as mutual objectives for everyone who works, studies, visits, or has business on the University campus, sites and farmlands.

2. Health and safety is to be ranked equal with the University's primary aims and objectives, and be integrated with all other functions within the University.

3. To ensure a safe and healthy work environment, the University will develop and maintain a Health and Safety Management System. Specifically, the University management will:

(a) Provide leadership, examples and commitment to health and safety policy and objectives,

(b) Ensure co-ordination of health and safety systems within colleges, regions and nationally shared services,

(c) Ensure appropriate resources are allocated to health and safety.

(d) Set health and safety objectives and performance criteria for all managers and campus regions,

(e) Annually review health and safety objectives and managers' performance against the objectives,

(f) Require accurate and timely reporting and recording of all incidents and injuries,

(g) Investigate all reported incidents and injuries to ensure all contributing factors are identified and, where appropriate, plans are formulated to take corrective action,

(h) Actively encourage the early reporting of any pain or discomfort,

(i) Provide a treatment and rehabilitation plan that ensures a safe, early and durable return to work for injured staff,

(j) Identify all existing and new hazards and take all practicable steps to eliminate, isolate or minimise the exposure to any hazards deemed to be significant,

(k) Review accident statistics to ensure adequacy of hazard controls,

(l) Ensure that all staff, students, visitors, and those who have business on the University campus sites and farmlands are made aware of the hazards in their work area and are adequately trained to enable them to perform in a safe manner,

(m) Encourage staff and student consultation and participation in all matters relating to health and safety,

(n) Promote a system of continuous improvement, including an annual review of policies and three yearly review of procedures,

(o) Meet obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995, Codes of Practices, and any relevant Standards or Guidelines.

4. Every staff member, student, visitor or person with business at Massey University is expected to share in the commitment to this policy.

(a) Every manager and supervisor has a responsibility for the health and safety of staff, students, and visitors working under their direction.

(b) Each staff member, student, visitor or person with business at Massey University is expected to play a vital and responsible role in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace through:

(i) Ensuring that no action or inaction causes harm to another person,

(ii) Observing all safe work procedures, rules and instructions,

(iii) The early reporting of any pain or discomfort,

(iv) Taking an active role in Massey University treatment and rehabilitation plans, to ensure an 'early and durable return to work',

(v) Ensuring that all accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions are reported to the appropriate person.

5. There will be a Health and Safety Consultative Committee that includes; union representatives, student association representatives, health and safety representatives from each campus region, health and safety conveners from each campus region, and senior management representatives. The Health and Safety Consultative Committee is responsible for the implementation, monitoring, review and planning of health and safety policies, systems and practices.

6. There will be a Health and Safety Committee in each campus region to assist and advise in the coordination, promotion, maintenance, and participation in health and safety within each campus region.

7. Health and safety procedures are outlined in Health and Safety web site

http://hrs.massey.ac.nz/hs.php3

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