UniSA Reporting Procedures

If you have been subjected to sexual assault or sexual harassment, you may be faced with a number of decisions.  The University provides a range of support, disclosure and reporting options for students and staff who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault or sexual harassment.

If you wish to disclose or report an incident to the University, we encourage you to make contact with one of our designated First Responders who are specially trained to respond to disclosures of sexual assault or sexual harassment and can advise you of your options.   

You may also choose to disclose or report the incident online at any time.

Whatever you decide to do, you do not have to go through this alone.  There are many support services available to you through UniSA and other external organisations.

You may disclose or report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment by raising it with a First Responder.  You should advise the First Responder whether you wish to make a report of the incident.  Reporting an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment will initiate an investigation within UniSA.

If you decide to make a report, the First Responder will advise you of your support options and, if needed, assist you with reporting the matter to the Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity (if the report relates to the actions of a student) or the Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture (if the report relates to the actions of a staff member or a person who is engaged by UniSA under any other contractual arrangement).

The First Responder will also support you in reporting the incident to the Police (for sexual assault matters) or to the Equal Opportunity Commission (for sexual harassment matters) if you choose to do so.

Investigation

  • If the respondent (the person whose actions you are making a report about) is a student, your report will be referred to the Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity to initiate an investigation.
  • If the respondent is a staff member or is engaged by UniSA under any other contractual arrangement, your report will be referred to the Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture to initiate an investigation.
  • The respondent will be provided with details of the complaint made against them and will be given 10 working days (or such other time specified by the Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture or Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity) to consider and provide a response.
  • If needed, witnesses may also be interviewed as part of the investigation.  Information will not be unnecessarily disclosed to witnesses and the importance of confidentiality will be reinforced.

All investigations will be undertaken, following the principles of natural justice, and in a way that is respectful to both the complainant and the respondent.  We will reinforce the importance of confidentiality with the complainant, respondent and any support people for both parties.    

If the incident has been reported to the Police or to the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), we will not take any action that may compromise the police investigation.  We will continue to make support resources available during this period.  We may also take other interim measures to ensure your safety and that of other members of the UniSA community, following consultation with the Police or the EOC. 

On completion of the police or EOC investigation, the university may undertake appropriate actions in alignment with its policies, code of conduct and bylaws.

Decision

Information gathered during the UniSA investigation will be documented by the investigator and a report will be prepared.  The decision about any action required, arising from the investigation, will be made by:

  • the Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity if the respondent is a student; or
  • the Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture if the respondent is a staff member; or
  • the Managers or Supervisors of the relevant area(s), for any other contractual arrangements.

Outcome

Where it is determined that a complaint is substantiated, UniSA will decide upon the appropriate disciplinary actions aligned with:

  • appropriate bylaws and statues, if the respondent is a student;
  • the relevant enterprise agreement if the respondent is a staff member, or the relevant contract if the respondent has been engaged by the university under any other contractual arrangement.

Click here for more information about the potential outcomes of an investigation into a complaint of sexual assault or sexual harassment at UniSA.

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the process or outcome of your complaint, the following review mechanisms are available to you.

As a complainant, you have the right to withdraw your complaint at any stage of the process.  However, we may continue to act on the complaint to ensure your safety and that of other members of the UniSA community.