Guiding Principles

The University has zero tolerance for sexual assault and sexual harassment.  The following principles underpin the policy, consistent with the University’s commitment to providing an environment that is safe, respectful and free from all forms of sexual assault and sexual harassment.  Our response to disclosures or reports about sexual assault and sexual harassment will be based on the following principles:

  • All members of the University Community have a right to expect respectful behaviour from others and have a personal responsibility to behave respectfully towards others.
  • In all instances where a disclosure or report of sexual assault or sexual harassment has been received, the University will take appropriate action to ensure the safety of the complainant, the University Community and/or any identified third party.
  • The University will provide support for students and staff members affected by sexual assault or sexual harassment. There are no time limits on seeking information or support from the University.
  • Procedures for responding to and managing disclosures and reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment aim to be trauma-informed and will be conducted in accordance with the principles of natural justice.
  • The University recognises that while anyone may be subjected to sexual assault and sexual harassment, certain groups within the community are more vulnerable, and an individual’s gender, gender identity, position/status, ability, age, socio-economic status, culture, or religion, may affect their experience of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
  • The University is committed to reducing barriers to disclosing and reporting incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment and respects the rights of the person who has been subjected to sexual assault or sexual harassment to decide whether to make a disclosure or report.
  • Confidentiality and information privacy will be upheld, in accordance with legislative and reporting requirements and University policies and procedures.

Click here for more detailed information about our Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure.