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Sexual Harassment is never OK. If this has happened to you, help is available.Update — August 2018

Increasing student support services, improving education and broadening reporting options have been at the centre of the University of New England’s approach to addressing the issue of sexual assault and harassment on campus.

It has been 12 months since the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report into Australian Universities was released and UNE has delivered on all nine recommendations.

There is no greater priority for UNE than the safety and wellbeing of our students, and that is why these have been at the centre of our response to the AHRC report.

UNE plays a leading role in shaping the conversation and changing attitudes and behaviours on campus and in the wider community around the issue of sexual assault and harassment.

Actions taken by the university over the past 12 months include, but are not limited to:

  • Updates to the Residential College Code of Conduct that ensure immediate escalation of matters being referred to the university’s independent investigative unit.
  • Rolling out first responder training for key frontline students and staff to respond to disclosures of sexual violence and assault with compassion and care.  160 staff and students have completed the training to date.
  • Provided online training for all students and staff on consent and responding to disclosures.
  • Implemented the online anonymous reporting function for student and staff to notify the university of sexual assault and harassment.
  • Introduced new student event protocols to reduce the role of alcohol in on-campus activities.
  • Moved the physical location of the counselling services to the residential college precinct to make it easier for students to access and attend sessions.
  • Increased counselling and crisis support services for all students. More counsellors have been employed and all students now have access to an after-hours crisis support line.
  • Provided a free bus service travelling between college and the CBD at night time from Tuesday to Saturday. Students can contact and track the bus via the UNE Security app.
  • Introduced new student event guidelines and monitoring systems to reduce the role of alcohol at student-led events.

Earlier this year the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins came to UNE and talked to students and staff (video below) about an independent review UNE has engaged the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake into our residential college system.

This expert-led review will examine the factors which contribute to sexual assault and sexual harassment in our college system and we expect this to be completed by the end of the year.

The review findings will further inform our on-going efforts into making the UNE experience a respectful and safe environment for all students and staff.

UNE encourages members of the University community to submit ideas, feedback and questions about our work in the Respect.Now.Always. campaign via the anonymous Q&A function or by emailing respectnowalways@une.edu.au.

Previous updates

The Action Plan is a living document, and will be updated to reflect the latest initiatives that are being developed to implement the report’s recommendations, and carry these into the future.

April 2018 Update

“There is deep commitment right through the UNE community to ensuring that no-one has occasion to be worried about their safety while living and studying on our beautiful campus.”

AHRC to review UNE colleges
(News story, April 2018)

Some of the actions that are proposed to commence positive change are focus groups, bringing in external speakers and offering consent training to all students both on and off campus.

Dec 2017 Update

UNE Safe app


Free safety and security app available for iPhone or Android

App store (iPhone)  Play store (Android)

The app contains a wide range of features, including:

Security push notifications informing the UNE Campus users of a critical incident in real time,
Emergency Contacts,
Friend Walk – allows you to location share with a friend so they can monitor your whereabouts,
Report a tip, suspicious package/behaviour etc to Safety, Security & Information via email, phone or SMS,
Chat with Safety & Security via text,
UNE Campus Map,
Emergency Response Plans with links to Emergency Service Information,
Support resources – direct contact to counselling, student grievance unit, Employee Assistance Program and other Government and NGO sites for support