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New National Campaign
On 23 August 2016, Universities Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission launched the next stage of the Respect. Now. Always campaign: Australia's first-ever national prevalence survey on university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Chair of Universities Australia & Vice Chancellor and Western Sydney University President Professor Barney Glover spoke at the launch (see Media Release (Opens in a new window)).
Western Sydney University has joined together with other Australian universities to support a new national campaign to prevent sexual assault and harassment. Respect. Now. Always. (Opens in a new window) is an initiative launched by Universities Australia to ensure that university campuses are places of safety and respect for all students and staff. Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and Universities Australia Chair, Professor Barney Glover, says the campaign is about raising awareness in the university community that sexual assault and harassment are completely unacceptable.
Sexual Harassment Prevention
The Sexual Harassment Policy was revised in 2012. The following guidelines have been developed in association with the policy to provide practical advice on dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Guidelines for Managers and Supervisors set out the responsibilities of managers and supervisors and give practical examples of how to prevent sexual harassment.
The Guidelines "What to do if you think you have been sexually harassed" advise what you can do if you experience sexual harassment and give step by step guidance.
- Sexual Harassment Prevention Guidelines for Managers and Supervisors
- Guidelines - What to do if you think you have been sexually harassed
Western Sydney University considers sexual assault a serious crime
There are many sexual assault services through NSW who provide free counselling to victims of sexual assault including those provided by NSW Health. For access to these numbers visit NSW Government Health Sexual Assault (Opens in a new window). Free 24/7 counselling for sexual assault is available at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
The University also has support for both students and staff:
Students – If you want to speak privately with our free student Counselling Service or Welfare Service please ring 9852 5199 during business hours. You can find out more about these services, which are on each campus, at Counselling Service and Student Welfare Service.
Staff - Staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on 1800 818 728. The EAP is a free, anonymous service to University employees.
Western Sydney University Campus Safety & Security - can also provide support if feeling unsafe, 24/7. Phone: 1300 737 003.
Police - If you wish to report a sexual assault to the Police, contact your nearest Police station. Police are well trained to provide assistance to people who have been sexually assaulted. University support staff, NSW Health sexual assault services, and 1800RESPECT can also help facilitate this process.