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Sexual assault

Behaviour that is intimidating, abusive, disrespectful, or threatening, including instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape is not acceptable within our community or on our campuses. If you experience an incident, we have services to provide support and can help you report the incident if you want to.


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

If you feel unsafe on campus or are concerned for someone else’s safety, you can contact Campus Security on +61 2 9351 3333, 24 hours a day.

If you would like to talk to someone about an incident involving sexual assault, you can call our confidential helpline service on 1800 SYD HLP (1800 793 457) (option 2, then option 1) from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. When you call, we can connect you with other University support services during business hours (9am to 5pm) and 24-hour telephone counselling from the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.

Alternatively, you can call NSW Rape Crisis Centre directly, on 1800 424 017.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual act or behaviour that makes someone feel uncomfortable, threatened or frightened. It is behaviour that they haven't consented to, and is an abuse of entitlement and/or power. It can take many forms, including rape, unwanted oral sex, and kissing or touching a person’s body in a sexual manner, without their consent. You can find more information on sexual assault and sexual harassment in the University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 2018.

Sexual assault can happen to people of all ages, genders and sexualities, within or outside a relationship. Sexual assault is a crime and is never the fault of the person who has experienced sexual violence.

You can find more information on sexual assault and harassment at

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which a reasonable person would expect will make the recipient feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be verbal, non-verbal, written, graphic or physical. Depending on the nature of the harassment, this can sometimes amount to sexual assault. For advice, or more information about sexual harassment, refer to the University's Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 2018 or you can contact the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW.


Stalking is repeated conduct or actions by a person, intended to exercise control and power over, or maintain contact with, another person. It is done against the recipients will, and causes intimidation or fear. This can include:

  • repeated or unwanted contact by phone, text, email or social media
  • following or watching someone
  • leaving unwanted items or gifts for someone.

Repercussions for committing sexual assault

Sexual assault is a crime and can result in severe criminal penalties according to the law.

The University does not tolerate any unlawful conduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking. A student found in breach of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 2018 or the Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy 2015 may face disciplinary consequences including suspension or expulsion under the University of Sydney (Student Discipline) Rule 2016. Staff or affiliates found in breach may face disciplinary action including termination of employment.

In some circumstances, the University may need to report an incident of sexual assault to the police, to ensure a student's safety or the safety of other members of the University community, or to meet its legal obligations. The University will consult the student who reported the incident before it makes a report to the police.

Learn more about your responsibilities under the University's Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 2018, code of conduct for students, and processes for addressing student misconduct.

If you are concerned about your behaviour, there is information and help available.

  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) provide anonymous experienced counselling services 24/7 and connect you with support services in your area.
  • MensLine provide 24/7 counselling services for men who are dealing with issues of violence.

Student liaison officers

  • Jane Foss Russell Building G02
Last updated: 23 September 2019

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