15 September 2017
At USC, we are focused on ensuring we work together to provide a community that is safe, respectful and inclusive to ensure all members of our community can study and work in a safe and supportive environment.
Australian universities have an important role to play in promoting inclusion and tolerance. At USC we support diversity in the higher education sector and recognise the rights students and staff to learn, live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our university community and the broader population.
We value the rich diversity of our university community, and have affirmed our support for marriage equality by joining 1680 other organisations that already support Australian Marriage Equality (AME). AME is a national organisation committed to working to ensure that all adult Australians have the right to marry, and it focuses on lobbying, advocacy and education.
As in any democracy, there are people in Australia who support marriage equality and people that do not. However, USC will not tolerate harassment or discrimination on any grounds including on the basis of sexual orientation. Please be aware that codes of conduct for staff and students apply at all times. The Student Charter sets out the expectations the University has of its students and also the obligations of the University to its students. The Student Expectations and Responsibilities site provides further relevant information for students.
To reiterate, USC will not tolerate harassment or discrimination on any grounds including on the basis of sexual orientation.
Campaigning from both sides around the current marriage equality debate may adversely affect some of you. Please make use of our free Student Wellbeing and make yourselves aware of the USC Security Services, if you need support. If you would like external support and advice you can contact Diverse Voices, which is a peer to peer telephone and internet counselling service.