First Year Experience – HKU

Equality, Diversity and Sustainability

Equal Opportunities

HKU is committed to creating, promoting and maintaining an environment  for staff and  students which provides  equality of  opportunity, and is  free of any discrimination and harassment. We support equal opportunity and strongly oppose discrimination/ harassment. We will take whatever action may be needed to prevent, and if necessary, discipline behaviour which violates the Equal Opportunity Policy.

Learn more: eounit.hku.hk

Handling Discrimination / Harassment Complaints

Our Equal Opportunity Policy forbids discrimination/harassment in activities carried out in the course of employment, education, provision of goods and services, or other activities organised by the offices of the University. Procedures for handling complaints of discrimination and harassment can be found on the website of the Equal Opportunity Unit (https://www.eounit.hku.hk/en/complaints-enquiries/procedures).

Parenting Needs

Facilities such as washrooms with baby-changing  table  at  amenities  centres,  and baby care rooms on Main Campus, Centennial Campus and Sassoon Road Campus are available to parent students during their time on campus.

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/campuslife/student-amenities/baby-care-rooms

Procedures for the Resolutions of Grievances of Students

We have a set of  procedures for students who wish to  make a complaint on an administrative or academic matter. To learn more, please visit ase.hku.hk/handbook/ug and refer to Appendix K of the Undergraduate Handbook Section for information.

Religious Needs

The Halal Food Corner is not merely a catering space for the Muslim community  on campus, it is also a platform for promotion of cultural diversity and interaction among University members. A multi-faith prayer room for students and staff members is also available on 1/F of Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre. It offers an option for those who are in need of special praying venue during the day.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

We are committed to fostering a diverse campus to enrich your learning experience at HKU.

The Sexual Diversity Network

The Sexual Diversity Network focuses on increasing awareness on the needs of people from varied sexual orientations and promoting a sensitive counselling service and support network.

CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment Section (CoPE) welcomes anyone with questions on sexuality, personal or general, to speak with us. We also advocate sexual diversity on campus through talks and supporting student advocacy groups.

Learn more: cedars.hku.hk/cope

Sustainability

The Sustainability Office works to collaboratively develop, strengthen, and realise HKU’s institutional vision, commitments, and goals to integrate principles of sustainability into all aspects of the University’s facilities, operations, and activities.

Our Policy on disposable plastic bottles aims to eliminate the sale and distribution of all disposable plastic water bottles of one litre or less in volume at all University catering and retail outlets, vending machines, and events. Disposable plastic straws are not distributed at campus catering outlets as  well.  HKU seeks to be a leader in reducing disposable plastics. To do this, we are working to become a disposable plastic free campus by September 2020. We will work to reduce disposable plastic food service ware, bottles, and banners.

Learn more: sustainability.hku.hk