CQUniversity not acing LGBTI inclusiveness test

CQUNIVERSITY is one of many universities across the country that has scored poorly on the LGBTI University Guide report card.

A joint initiative of a number of LGBTI organisations, the guide lists a thorough evaluation of each Australian university based on how well they cater to the needs of LGBTI students through inclusive policies, staff training, resources and support.

According to the report, CQUniversity lacked in LGBTI student consultation, providing support for transitioning students, meeting the health needs of LGBTI students, and providing specific support for students who identify as non-binary.

The report also stated there was no policy protecting intersex students from discrimination and harassment.

Co-ordinator of the CQUniversity Ally program, Dr Gemma Mann said the university was in the process of reviewing policies.

"Our policies already have anti-discrimination sections for broad coverage of this factor but we are seeking to fine-tune them as soon as possible," she said.

"We have extensive consultative processes and these are reported on internal staff and student communication systems."

Dr Mann said that although the university was aware of the need for unisex bathrooms, feedback they had received reflected students didn't necessarily want to be singled out for other services.

"We do a lot to ensure that LGBTI students are aware that CQUniversity campuses and online spaces are safe and inclusive and that many supports are available," she said.

"CQUniversity is very involved with the LGBTI communities around our campuses."

Dr Mann said there was a plan for 2015 to draw on expertise from organisations as well as internal feedback to help review all relevant policies and to develop training for staff.



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