A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

6 September 2023
A message to our University community
Today our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) wrote to students about an incident on campus and support available to anyone who may need it.

Content warning: This message contains information about sexual misconduct which you may find distressing.

We have become aware of an incident of sexual misconduct that took place at the Fisher Library on Thursday 31 August 2023 and we are working closely with the NSW Police to ensure our community is protected.

We have a zero-tolerance approach to all incidents of sexual misconduct and are disturbed and appalled by the alleged conduct.

We encourage any student who has witnessed or experienced sexual harassment or assault to report it to the University’s Safer Communities Office so that they can receive the support they may need. 

Our highest priority is providing a safe, respectful and supportive environment for all of our students and staff. 

We have a strong security presence across campus, including various help access points and will take additional measures as needed to ensure the safety and welfare of our community. 

I encourage you to please seek support if you need it.

– Professor Joanne Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Support from our Safer Communities Office

Our Safer Communities Office is available for anyone who would like to make a disclosure or seek support. There are options to remain anonymous and bilingual counsellors are available on request.

This office can be contacted by telephone on +61 2 8627 6808 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm AEST), by email to or through the University’s online reporting forms. We also have a support guide for student survivors (pdf, 51.6KB).

In an emergency, you should contact emergency services by dialling triple zero (000).

If you feel unsafe on campus or are concerned for someone else’s safety, you can also contact Protective Services on 9351 3333, 24 hours a day.