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Message of support on the conflict in Ukraine

3 March 2022
Support available for our staff and students
The University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Mark Scott, today expressed the University's deep sympathy for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine and support for Ukrainian sovereignty.

The recent escalation of the situation in Ukraine following the invasion by Russia has deeply saddened and concerned many members of our University community, which includes students and staff with Ukrainian citizenship, and still more of Ukrainian background, or who have family and friends in the region. Our thoughts are with them and similarly extend to those in our community with Russian citizenship or ties to the Russian community who deplore this act of violence against their Ukrainian neighbours.

“Our University is committed to the principles of equality and accountability that underwrite the value of democracy. In keeping with these cherished principles, we support the continuity of Ukrainian sovereignty. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the conflict,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Mark Scott.

The University has already reached out directly to students of Ukrainian citizenship to offer additional support including special consideration, peer support and counselling. We are also consulting with relevant clubs and societies about how we can best connect with and support the wider Ukrainian student community with academic, psychological and other practical support for both current and prospective students.

The Australian government, along with many governments around the world, has applied sanctions to the Russian Federation in response to this act of aggression. This will affect some University operations. For example, we will cease working with Russian suppliers or remitting money to Russia while the sanctions remain in place.

Support for staff and students

For any staff or family members who are feeling distressed, counselling services are available via our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Students in Australia can talk with one of our University counsellors, including during evenings and on weekends. Support is also available for our students overseas and more information is available on our student website.