Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is never OK.

It is an unacceptable violation of your rights. Sexual harassment may also be a crime.

View definitions, consequences and more in our policy (opens in a new window)

Western is committed to creating safer university communities.

What is it?

In simple terms, sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behaviour that a reasonable person would consider to be offensive, humiliating or intimidating in the circumstances. The intention of the person doing the harassing is irrelevant.

Reporting sexual harassment

At Western, you may report sexual harassment by filling in a complaint form (opens in a new window) or contacting Complaints Management (opens in a new window).

You may also choose to make a complaint using Western's Sexual Offences Reporting Portal (opens in a new window).

The purpose of this portal is for survivors to tell their story in a way that is best for them, as well as to increase safety and minimise harm. The portal accepts anonymous*, witnesses and bystander reports.

*In anonymous reports users are reminded that the lack of identifying detail may limit the university’s potential actions.

The portal is not intended to replace emergency services. If you are a student and would like some help using the portal, please contact Wellbeing Services on 1300 668 370. Western Sydney University staff (including casual staff) can call the Employee Assistance Program on 1800 81 87 28.

For more information about report options at Western, click here (opens in a new window).

Anyone may file a harassment complaint and get additional information at:

Academic Supervisors 

Western supports the Principles (opens in a new window) of the Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR). Underpinning these is a recognition that a  sexual or romantic relationship between a supervisor and their student is never appropriate. ACGR is developing supervisor training to ensure national adoption of these Principles. See ACGR's Respect. Now. Always site (opens in a new window) for more.