Being respectful online, and what happens if you aren’t

Being respectful online, and what happens if you aren’t

With the shift to online learning it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together and we need to show respect to each other.

Online learning is different, but the same rules still apply as if you were in the classroom. La Trobe University expects students to treat everyone with dignity, equality, mutual respect – you can read about what’s expected of you as a student in the Student Behaviours Policy.

Guidelines for participating in online learning are designed to help students make the most of their online engagement at LTU. These are also to ensure that everyone feels safe while participating in online learning. Unacceptable/concerning behaviour is taken very seriously and can result in a referral to general misconduct.

Technology Facilitated Abuse can range from online bullying between people who may have existing relationships right through to criminal behaviours like stalking. This factsheet comes with information to assist in identifying technology facilitated abuse, and what to do if it occurs. Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that making discriminatory/ sexually inappropriate jokes and comments are okay, they are still subject to the same consequences.

This is a strange and uncertain time for a lot of people, this health and wellbeing factsheet has some helpful suggestions on how you can support yourself to stay well. 

Speak Up are still operating normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) so if you experience or witness inappropriate or concerning behaviour, or if you know that someone is participating in behaviour that is inappropriate or concerning, please get in contact with us.

Workshop – Respectfully Engaging Online

Run by Speak Up at La Trobe, this webinar will provide students with information and strategies to engage respectfully online.

The purpose of the webinar is to promote and enhance the online learning experience. Support options and possible referral pathways available to students, will also be discussed and identified.

When: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday 29 April 2020

Where: Get the Zoom link here.

Contact Speak Up

Call Speak Up on 03 9479 8988 or email the Speak Up team at

You can also complete an online report via the Speak Up website.

Not sure if Speak Up covers your issue? Get in touch for a consult or check out the Speak Up website for information. 

Please note: Speak Up is not an emergency or critical response service, and reports, emails and voicemails are not reviewed outside of operating hours.

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