USC promotes a culture that is free from sexual violence
Respect. Now. Always is an initiative launched by Universities Australia to ensure that university campuses are places of safety and respect for all students and staff. The Respect. Now. Always campaign is about raising awareness in the university community that sexual assault and sexual harassment are completely unacceptable.
As part of the campaign, USC students were randomly selected to take part in an anonymous national survey run by the Australian Human Rights Commission with assistance from Roy Morgan Research.
The survey responses provide important information about the prevalence of these behaviours to guide improvements in policies and support services, and help keep students safe on university campuses. To learn more about the campaign nationally, visit the Universities Australia website.
The survey results were released on August 1, 2017, and can be downloaded below. USC has developed a response plan to serve as a governance framework for responding to matters related specifically to sexual harassment and assault.
Australian Universities have worked collaboratively with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Universities Australia over the last 18 months to address concerns raised about sexual harassment and assault to University students. The AHRC conducted a national survey last year with all Australian universities participating including USC. The data from this survey was released by the AHRC on 1 August, 2017 and the national results can be viewed at Australian Human Rights Commission website. USC supports the independence of this survey and transparency of this information which measures the experiences of over 30,000 students across Australian universities.
USC is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for anyone impacted by sexual assault.
Progress to date
In the year since the report, we've made some significant changes within a very short period, and now we are beginning to tackle the more complex changes requiring long-term effort and consultation. Some changes already implemented include:
- The development of standalone Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy, and Anti-Discrimination Freedom from Harassment procedures (Students)
- Specialist-trained staff as the single point of contact via Student Wellbeing for students making reports
- Training of over 75 students as 'Consent is Sexy' Ambassadors
- Development of 'Consent Matters' sexual ethics training for students via Blackboard
- Ongoing First Responder training to staff and student leaders
- Establishment of a Safer Community Unit
We continue to work to ensure our campuses are a place of safety and respect for everyone.
Students who need immediate support are encouraged to contact Student Wellbeing or call the Domestic Violence Hotline Queensland 1800 811 811. This line is available 24/7 and is staffed by qualified counsellors.
Respect. Now. Always. latest news
23 August 2016
USC partners on national ‘Respect. Now. Always.’ student survey
The University of the Sunshine Coast will partner with other universities across Australia in a ground-breaking national student survey on sexual assault and harassment that was officially launched today.
17 May 2016
USC academics to present at personal safety forums
Insights into the ways paedophiles groom children and the role of alcohol and drugs in youth sexual aggression will be among the topics covered by University of the Sunshine Coast academics at community forums on the Sunshine Coast this month.
21 July 2015
USC and Police Service introduce Student Watch
USC has teamed up with the Queensland Police Service to launch Queensland’s first Student Watch – a project similar to the highly successful Neighbourhood Watch scheme.