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, in 2016 Universities Australia commissioned an anonymous national survey of university students run by the Australian Human Rights Commission, with results released in August 2017.
USC has developed a response plan to serve as a governance framework for responding to matters related specifically to sexual harassment and assault.
USC is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for anyone impacted by sexual assault.
Progress to date
In the four years since the report, we've made some significant changes, and are addressing the more complex changes requiring long-term effort and consultation. Some changes already implemented include:
- Development of the Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Respectful Relationships (Students) - Governing Policy and Procedures
- Review and update of 26 student-related policies
- Establishment of a Safer Community Unit, with SafeUSC and the SafeUSC Specialist Service
- Establishment of the USC Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Taskforce
- Specialist-trained staff as the single point of contact via the SafeUSC Specialist Service for students making reports
- Training of over 75 students as Consent Ambassadors
- Development of Respect at USC online training module for all commencing students, to create a shared understanding of consent, bystander intervention and respectful relationships
- Ongoing First Responder training to staff and student leaders
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 Tel: 1800 811 811. This line is available 24/7 and is staffed by qualified counsellors.