Policy prohibiting dating in the workplace

The purpose of this policy is to maintain confidence in the integrity and professionalism of the staff and services of the University.The policy clarifies appropriate disclosure and management of close personal relationships to avoid misunderstandings, complaints of favouritism or unfair treatment, claims of sexual harassment, or dissension that may result from the appearance of conflict of interest caused by close personal relationships amongst employees.5.2 Where a staff member has a student relative, or is currently or has been in a close personal relationship with a student, that staff member must not take any part in any academic or administrative decision-making processes in respect of that student, including (but not limited to) the following: 5.3 Where a close personal relationship between a staff member and a student has created, or has the potential to create a conflict in the supervision and/or assessment of the student, the staff member must formally terminate any supervisory and/or evaluative role and make alternative arrangements for the supervision and/or evaluation of the student's work.5.4 It is the duty of the staff member to disclose to their Head or Committee Chair or, where there is a conflict with that person, the Head's next-in-line manager or committee, any close personal relationship involving a student or student relative, as soon as the staff member becomes aware of the possibility that they might, if not for this policy, be involved in one of the processes listed at above, or a similar decision making process.The University of Western Australia This policy addresses the appropriate management of personal relationships in the workplace with the objective of maintaining public trust and confidence in the integrity and professionalism of the decisions made and the services provided by the University.UWA acknowledges that some staff and students of the University will be related to one another or develop an intimate personal and/or sexual relationship.

5.1 When staff members interact with students, staff members are frequently in a position of trust and influence."Family relationship" means a relationship with a relative, a person in the same household or a cultural family relationship."Head" means the Head of an organisation unit, for example Head of School, Dean, Director , Associate Director or staff member responsible for the performance or management of an employee.5.7 If for any reason the Head, Chair or Supervisor does not find it possible to avoid altogether the involvement of people in the close personal relationship, the Head's next-in-line manager must formally approve the arrangement proposed by the Head before it is implemented. cross-marking or co-supervision of the student's work, must be formally approved by the Head of School prior to implementation.5.8 If a staff member or committee member is found to be in a personal relationship and the potential conflict of interest has not been disclosed, any decision taken in relation to the student and any potentially affected students will be reviewed by the relevant Chair, or Head and may render the process null and void, or may be amended by the Chair or Head.

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