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University Contact Officers (UCO), ALLY

University Contact Officer (UCO)

ECU is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. University contact officers (UCOs) perform an important role by acting as an alternative support contact on matters related to harassment, discrimination, or victimisation.

UCOs provide assistance to students and staff by providing referral information on the University’s policies and practices, and details of services available to assist in resolving issues of concern.

A UCO will maintain appropriate confidentiality and may:

  • provide information to a complainant to enable them to make an informed choice as to how to deal with their complaint
  • provide information about the options available to deal with an individual's concerns
  • discuss possible strategies an individual can use to deal directly with another person
  • refer an individual to counselling and other support services
  • refer an individual deciding to make a formal complaint to the appropriate area
  • document procedures adopted to resolve complaints.

A UCO cannot:

  • advocate for a complainant or respondent
  • provide counselling
  • investigate, conciliate or mediate complaints
  • provide support on matters other than harassment, discrimination, or victimisation.

If you would like the assistance of an ECU University Contact Officer, then please contact one of the people listed.

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ALLY

The ALLY network aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture by promoting greater awareness of, and support for, LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and/or Questioning) staff and students at ECU.

ALLIES are sensitive toward and have an understanding of LGBTIQ people and matters that are relevant to them. An ALLY affirms the experiences and rights of LGBTIQ people and chooses to challenge discriminatory behaviours in a variety of ways including by individual example and personal awareness.

ALLYs are not identified as being heterosexual or LGBTIQ and represent the entire ECU community.

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