Australian university will offer paid leave for transgender staff undergoing reassignment surgery
How is it part of an educational role tosupport mental illness? Gender dysphoria is a mental illness if ever there was one. And those who "transition" are rarely happy. There is a high suicide rate among them.
I doubt that this policy will be good for the reputation of the university. Among normal people it could well become known as "the poofter university". But only in private, of course. There is no free speech in what words you use in public for homosexuals
Aussies at a major university will get paid while undergoing gender reassignment surgery in an Australian first initiative.
The staff of Deakin University will be given just as many days of paid leave to change their gender as they would if their partner has a baby.
Aspiring to be the leading LGBTIQ+ inclusive educator and employer, Deakin is allowing the leave to be used at the staff members discretion.
Deakin University adopts the best practices for diversity and inclusion strategies for LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer plus) students and staff.
The 4,700 employees of the Victorian university will learn of the new entitlements on Tuesday.
Chief operating officer Kean Selway told the Geelong Advertiser: 'Under Deakin's existing leave provisions, all staff experiencing exceptionally difficult personal circumstances can, with the support of management, apply for 'special leave' directly to the Vice-Chancellor.'
Deakin launched its LGBTIQ+ 2017-2020 Plan in 2017 and has already started rolling out initiatives to support the inclusion and well being of it's LGBTIQ+ community members.
'The paid leave is backed by a new gender transition policy which provides security and clarity around the process for Deakin staff who are undergoing a gender transition,' Mr Selway said.
'Fostering a genuinely inclusive environment affords all our staff and students a sense of belonging and an equal chance of success whether it be through study or work.'
According to the institute's gender transition procedure, effective from October 19 2018, Deakin will also offer students wishing to undergo sex transition surgery a gender transition plan.
Transitioning students will be given communication assistance, alternative assessment arrangements, longer library loan periods and off-campus library services.