Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is never OK.

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

Western has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. View definitions, consequences and more in our policy (opens in a new window)

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 reporting portal (coming soon). We welcome anonymous complaints and complaints made on someone else's behalf.

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 Resepct. Now. Always site (opens in a new window) for more.