Diversity and equal opportunities

Kellogg College is committed to valuing each other and our differences. Valuing who and what we are, and having this respected by others, contributes so much to the richness of life at Kellogg. Kellogg College prides itself on being an inclusive community.

University of Oxford policies

The University of Oxford welcomes diversity, recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the University’s mission that can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

The University aims to remove any barriers which might deter people of the highest ability from applying to Oxford. The University aims to provide an inclusive environment which values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential.

The University seeks to ensure that no member of its community is unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex, or sexual orientation.

The University values freedom of speech and you can find a copy of the University’s statement on the importance of freedom of speech on the College website. The College, in line with the University and other sectors, observes its statutory Prevent duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Your attention is drawn to the web pages of the University’s Diversity and Equal Opportunities Unit: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/

Specific University policies relating to race, gender, disability, age, religion and sexuality can be found at the website above. Many are available on the College’s website.

Kellogg College shares the values and fully supports the aims of the University regarding equality and inclusion.

Kellogg College and confidentiality 

Here at Kellogg College we want to underline our respect for you and any information personal or otherwise, which you give us.  You can find the College’s Guide to Confidentiality, which explains how we approach confidential information, under Health and wellbeing statements and policies. Kellogg complies with GDPR requirements.

Kellogg College Equality & Welfare Committee  

The Equality & Welfare Committee meets once a term chaired by the Dean and includes student representation. Please contact the Academic Administrator, sarah.obrien@kellogg.ox.ac.uk or the MCR’s Welfare and Equality Officer, if there are issues that you would like raising at these meetings.

Complaints procedure

The Proctors will consider complaints raised by students under the University Student Complaints Procedure in relation to University administrative and support services, and in relation to University academic services (e.g. libraries and counselling) and support (e.g. teaching and supervision). See www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/complaints for more information and guidance including about Academic Appeals.

The Proctors have no jurisdiction over college complaints and appeals but you can consult the Proctors’ Office caseworkers informally if you are unsure whether the issue is a college or a University matter.

If you are considering making a complaint, we encourage you first to take your concern to the person responsible for the matter it relates to as, in the majority of cases, an informal resolution is a better outcome.

If you are considering a complaint about College, help and advice is available from the Dean, Senior Tutor, Academic Administrator, Finance Bursar, Domestic Bursar, MCR, or Oxford SU representative. You can be accompanied at any stage by a friend or an advisor.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of informal resolution of College complaints, you may make a formal complaint in writing to the President who will take this matter forward, and you will be advised of the appeal process should you remain dissatisfied.

In matters relating to harassment, and to discipline, there are similar procedures. Kellogg values its supportive community and respects all members. It does not tolerate harassment. A person subjects another to harassment by engaging in unwanted and unwarranted conduct which has the purpose or effect of:

• violating another person’s dignity, or
• creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another person. [1]

The recipient does not need to have explicitly stated that the behaviour was unwanted.

If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment by another college member, please contact the Dean or Academic Administrator to discuss your concerns confidentially. They will work with you to agree the next steps which may involve raising this with the alleged perpetrator with your consent. While all parties will be listened to, the safety of the person reporting the harassment will be paramount. If efforts to resolve the matter locally are not successful, this may lead to disciplinary procedures. In the event of a very serious case or sexual assault, matters may be referred to the University’s Student Support and Welfare Services. This may also be the case should the harassment concern non-Kellogg members. You can find a copy of the College’s disciplinary procedures at www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/kellogg-college-experience/health-wellbeing-and-disability/

Should your concern be about behaviour of a staff or senior College member, rather than a Kellogg student, please contact the College Administrator in the first instance on college.administrator@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

Updated on: 21/09/2020