Guiding Principles

UniSA’s investigation into complaints about sexual assault or sexual harassment will be undertaken in line with principles of natural justice and in a manner that is respectful to both the complainant and the respondent.  Our response to complaints about sexual assault and sexual harassment will be based on the following principles:

  • All members of the university community are entitled to make a complaint.
  • Complaints can be made to the first responders, through the web portal or by contacting the Counsellor and Training Coordinator (Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment). Anonymous complaints can be submitted through the web portal.
  • A complaint may take the form of a disclosure of sexual assault or sexual harassment, or may lead to a report of sexual assault or sexual harassment. The university will support a complainant by ensuring that they understand the options available to them when pursuing their complaint.
  • Safety is of paramount importance and will be the focus of any immediate actions.
  • Actions will vary depending on the circumstances of the complaint, and whether the complainant wishes to disclose or to report the incident. In the case of anonymous complaints, it may not be possible for an investigation to be initiated for reasons of procedural fairness and natural justice.
  • Individuals who make, or who are the subject of a complaint, will be treated fairly and in a supportive manner.
  • Complaints submitted through the web portal will be acknowledged within a reasonable timeframe.
  • When a complainant reports an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment, an investigation will be initiated within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Investigation procedures will adhere to the principles of natural justice and will be undertaken by a person with relevant expertise.

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