First Year Experience – HKU

Equality, Diversity and Sustainability

Equal Opportunities

The University 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.

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Handling Discrimination / Harassment Complaints

The  University’s  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 webpage of the Equal Opportunity Unit: .


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.

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Procedures for the Resolutions of Grievances of Students

The University has a set of proper procedures for students who wish to make a complaint on an administrative or academic matter. To learn more, please visit 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 is also available on 1/F of Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre for use by students and staff members. It offers an option for those who are in need of special praying venue during the day.


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.

The University’s 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.

Through the UNIfy: Skip the Straw campaign, HKU will ban single use plastic straws (except in medical or emergency circumstances) starting from 3 September 2018. Leading up to this ban No Straw Mondays will be held every week, during which caterers will distribute single use plastic straws only upon request.

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