Message of support on the conflict in the Middle East

9 October 2023
Support available for our staff and students
The University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott, has expressed the University's deep sympathy for those affected by the conflict in the Middle East.

The recent escalation of hostilities in the Middle East has shocked and dismayed many members of our University community. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the conflict. Our thoughts are with them and their families.

“Now more than ever it is important for us to be guided by our values of diversity, inclusion, and the principle of disagreeing well. Our campuses must continue to be a welcoming and safe space for all, and we do not tolerate anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim language or behaviour,” said Vice-Chancellor and President, Mark Scott.

“I know many in our community hold strong views on this conflict and consistent with the principles of academic freedom and free speech, I encourage you to express those views in a way that considers the impact on other members of our campus community.”

The University has reached out directly to students of Israeli and Palestinian citizenship or country of residence, 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 Israeli and Palestinian student communities with academic, psychological and other practical support.

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), and students can talk with one of our University counsellors.