The University of Sydney will implement all recommendations of the Change the Course report, conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and released today by Universities Australia as part of its Respect. Now. Always initiative.
“The report today confirms the seriousness of this problem. While work has begun, there is more we can do,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
“Our University is deeply committed to that responsibility and to eliminating intimidating, abusive, disrespectful or threatening behaviour from our campuses and the communities we serve.
“We will continue our efforts, in collaboration with student leaders, to prevent and address unacceptable sexual behaviour on campus and to support survivors. The University’s Safer Communities Advisory Group has representation from all student organisations, as well as representatives from staff and the residential colleges. I am deeply grateful to the survivors and advocates who have informed our responses to date and welcome their continued input.
“All members of the University community can help ensure each other’s safety and wellbeing.
“The University of Sydney will implement all of the recommendations contained within the report, and we will meet with students and staff over the coming weeks to discuss the detailed statistics and the University’s ongoing response.
“If there is more we can do to help our students, we will,” Dr Spence said.
The actions the University has taken so far include:
These and other resources are in place for students and staff who experience distress as a result of the report. They can also be used for those who are motivated to make a report as a consequ ence of the report’s findings.
Any student or staff member who needs additional support as a result of these issues or media coverage is also encouraged to call the 1800 SYDHLP line to be connected with internal and external sources of assistance.