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Sexual misconduct

Behaviour that is intimidating, abusive, disrespectful, or threatening, including sexual assault (rape) or sexual harassment, is not acceptable within our community, whether on campus, online or offshore. If you experience sexual misconduct, we can provide support and help you report the incident if you want to.

Sexual misconduct

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, your personal safety and recovery from the trauma is our first priority. The decision about whether or not to report sexual misconduct is up to you. On these pages you can find information on your options and the support available to you.

Help and information

The Safer Communities Office consists of staff members with expertise in providing support to people that have experienced sexual misconduct. They can support you in making a report and can work with you to ensure your safety both on and off campus. They are also able to assist you with access to appropriate support services, including security, counselling and health services, and on-campus emergency accommodation.

Safer communities office

  • +61 28627 6808 or 1800 793 457
    (option 2, then option 1)
  • 8.30am - 5.30pm (Mon - Fri)
  • In-person appointments available.
    Call or email to book.
    Mandarin-speaking staff available upon request.

Find out more about how we can support you.

Immediate danger

  1. Always call 000 if you need urgent medical assistance or help.
  2. Notify campus security on 9351 3333. Available 24/7 to assist with an emergency or safety threat.

Sexual misconduct support

If you have experienced any kind of sexual misconduct on campus online or offshore, there are services available to support you.

When someone you know has experienced sexual assault

If someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, including sexual assault or sexual harassment, they may express a range of emotional and physical responses. The 1800RESPECT website provides information on common impacts of sexual assault.

Responding to and supporting someone who has experienced sexual misconduct can be challenging, but chances are they have come to you because they trust you. They are the one who should determine what steps and supports are best for them, including if they want to report the incident to the University and/or the police. You can help them access the support services and resources they need.

You can provide support by:

  • being a good listener and letting them know that you believe them
  • letting them express how they feel and respecting the words they use in reference to the incident
  • letting them know that the incident was not their fault
  • respecting their decisions
  • directing them to support services that are available both within and external to the University.

Support for you

Supporting someone who has experienced sexual misconduct can be overwhelming and may have a significant impact on you as first responder. It’s important to also take steps to look after yourself and get the support you need. You can call the National Sexual assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, which is a 24-hour phone line for support and advice. You can also contact NSW Sexual Violence Helpline or arrange an appointment with our Student Counselling Service.

You can also call the University of Sydney After Hours Mental Wellbeing Support Line on 1300 474 065 (accessible within Australia) or text 0488 884 429 (for SMS chat option). It is available 5pm to 9am from Monday to Friday, 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday, and during University close-down periods and on public holidays.

Last updated: 16 July 2024

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