USC has always promoted a safe working and learning environment.
This year has renewed our commitment and connected us to other universities through the Respect.Now.Always campaign.
- We have focused on establishing a governance framework for responding to matters related specifically to Sexual Harassment and Assault.
- Together with our student leaders we launched several public awareness campaigns promoting the principles of responsible and respectful behaviour for staff, students and visitors, providing a platform to further develop our suite of education, training and ongoing leadership opportunities for staff and students.
- A ‘Safer Community Model’ has been adopted to develop safety programs, community interventions and build collaborative partnerships both within USC and with relevant external agencies.
1. Policy Framework:
Establish a governance framework for dealing with matters related to Student Sexual Harassment and Assault:
- Sexual Assault and Harassment:
- Develop Sexual Harassment Prevention (Students) Governing Policy
- Develop Procedures and Staff Guidelines
- Review and Update policies procedures and guidelines:
- Develop Student Critical incident Counselling Intervention Guidelines Review Student Conduct
- Governing Policy, Student Charter; Student Grievance Policy and procedures
2. Best Practice Education and Training
Develop and deliver best practice education and training opportunities and preventative campaigns to contribute to ongoing cultural change
- Student training to create a safe environment:
- “Consent Matters” Online training for students
- Bystander Training support and prevention
- Staff training to create a safe environment
- Responding to Disclosures of Abuse and Trauma Training:
- Common myths / facts around sexual assault
- Barriers to disclosure
- responding to disclosures
- immediate support, documenting disclosures, legal issues to consider
- Consent Matters Campaign
- Strategic and purposeful embedding using Online Blackboard Course
- Staff On boarding
- HDR Supervisors
- WIL and Field Educators
- Responding to Students in Distress Training
- Indicators of distress
- Responding to crisis and assessing risk
- Where and when to refer
- Policy and Procedure Specific Training
- Critical Incident Policy
- Grievance policy/Misconduct
- Sexual Harassment Prevention
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Anti-Discrimination and Freedom from Bullying and Harassment.
Develop a communication strategy which addresses sector and community expectations as well as institution and student needs as a result of the National University Student Survey on Sexual Assault
- Create and maintain RNA webpage.
- Deliver briefing sessions, information resources and tools which clarify for students and staff how USC will respond reports of sexual assault and harassment.
- Develop and deliver clear information resources for anyone who experiences sexual assault or harassment:
- Digital Signage
- Promotional merchandise
4. Ongoing USC RNA Activities
Embed the principles of Safer Communities into the business-as-usual student activities
- Establish and further develop the ongoing framework for a “Safer Communities” plan.
- Create and promote new website for students. Centralise and expand on resources already available.
- Promotion of campaign embedded in existing Student Expectations and Responsibilities platform (SER).
- Include details of campaign in SER marketing collateral at all sites.
- Formalise MOU with Student Residences, to create and train a network of First Call Respondents in each Residence.
- Facilitate opportunities to promote a safer communities approach during Diversity Week.
- Embed training and voluntary roles related to Safer Communities in the Leadership Program at USC.
- Staff and Student On-boarding and Transition Activities.
- Establish a 24hr hotline in conjunction with UA.