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National Student Safety Survey

31 Aug 2021

From Monday 6 September, 10,000 USC students will be invited to participate in the private and confidential National Student Safety Survey (NSSS).

There is an important conversation happening around Australia about sexual assault and sexual harassment, consent and respectful behaviour. Together, our student community and staff can continue to play a leadership role in shaping and informing this conversation. As part of our commitment to reduce harmful behaviours under the Respect. Now. Always campaign, USC will take part in the NSSS.

The NSSS makes an important contribution to student safety across Australia - helping us to understand what is happening on our campuses, and what we need to do to support all students.

Who is conducting the survey?

The survey is being conducted by the Social Research Centre in collaboration with Dr. Anastasia Powell from RMIT on behalf of Universities Australia.

How do I take part in the survey?

From 6 September, students will be randomly selected to participate in the survey. If you have been randomly selected, you will initially be approached via email from the Social Research Centre and some students may also receive an invitation via SMS. The survey questions will take around 10 minutes to complete.

If you are not randomly selected, you can still share your experiences by visiting from 6 September to 3 October 2021 and completing the anonymous online form.

Why is it important to complete the survey?

Our university’s work to address and respond to sexual violence needs to be shaped by your voice, your experiences and your needs.

It is important that we hear about the full range of students’ experiences. This means hearing from people of different ages, sexualities, genders, cultures, degree pathways, modes of study, and countries of origin. We want to hear from you, whether or not you have experienced sexual violence, coercion or harassment of any kind.

Student Support

We recognise that conversations about sexual assault and sexual harassment can be difficult and challenging. If you do need support or would like to speak with someone, please reach out to the SafeUSC Specialist Service or Student Wellbeing - they are here to listen and to help.

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