Cardiff University is committed to supporting, developing and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. The University aims to establish an inclusive culture free from discrimination and based upon the values of dignity, courtesy and respect. The University recognises the right of every person to be treated in accordance with these values. Such an environment cannot be created or sustained if staff or students are subject to any type of discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Cardiff University actively welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, as well as heterosexual people, and aims to provide appropriate facilities for all staff and students.
The University recognises the extent of heterosexist assumptions in society and strives to eradicate homophobia and transphobia. Homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable forms of behaviour which will not be tolerated.
The University recognises that LGBT people come from diverse backgrounds, and strives to ensure that within the sphere of University activities they do not face discrimination either on the grounds of their sexual orientation or with regard to other aspects of their identity.
Objectives of the Policy
The aims of this policy and accompanying guidance are to:
• promote a positive University environment in which people are treated fairly and with respect;
• cultivate a supportive environment for staff or students who wish it to be known that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, while acknowledging the right of individuals to choose whether they wish to be open about their sexuality and/or gender assignment;
• make explicit the types of behaviour which constitute homophobia or transphobia;
• identify the informal and formal processes by which complaints of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, including allegations of homophobia or transphobia, can be raised.
For more information on the Sexual Orientation policy, please contact the Equalities manager, Catrin Morgan (MorganCA5@cf.ac.uk).