Respect at La Trobe

When you start at La Trobe, you’re covered by the Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities. This outlines not only the behaviours expected of you but also your right to be treated free of harassment, bullying, discrimination and intimidation, face to face or online, by everyone.

At La Trobe, within our Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion division, we have a team working on Respect initiatives as part of our commitment to preventing unwanted or unacceptable behaviour within the community.

Have a look at some of the support and training available to students this year and get involved. Learn how to better contribute to a Respectful La Trobe community.

Bystander Action Training

In a study by VicHealth and Victoria University, 78% of students said they would intervene if they saw something unacceptable happen on campus. Would you?

Sign up to our Bystander Action training to learn how to safely intervene if you experience or witness something unacceptable. This could range from directly intervening and calling something out, to knowing where to go if you need support or advice.

Check out this Bystander Action series to find out what this could look like on campus.

Email to find out the next training dates and register your interest.

Respectful Behaviour and Culture Module

La Trobe’s Respectful Behaviour and Culture (RPC8010) is part of the University’s long-standing commitment to fostering a safe, respectful and inclusive community free of sexual harm, discrimination and violence. This subject has replaced Consent Matters and is available to all La Trobe University students.

This subject covers a range of topics, including:

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Consent
  • Sexual Harm
  • Violence Against Women
  • Respectful Culture
  • Bystander Action
  • Where to get help and support

By completing this online subject, you can contribute to creating a more harmonious campus and working culture. It will also provide you with valuable knowledge and skills to take with you to the workplace.


Being a good ally means calling out behaviour that hurts our queer community. The ALLY training program is about championing and affirming LGBTIQA+ voices and playing our part in learning and listening to lived experiences to break down harmful stereotypes.

Training will cover the following:

  • understanding commonly used terms
  • experiences of young people from the LGBTIQA+ community
  • recognising and responding to homophobia
  • creating an inclusive culture and providing support
  • valuing and celebrating LGBTIQA+ people and culture

If you would like to learn more and be part of creating a more inclusive and respectful La Trobe, please reach out to the ALLY team and volunteer for ALLY training.

Safer Community

Safer Community is La Trobe’s free, confidential support service you can contact if you experience or witness concerning, threatening, inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviour. This behaviour can occur on-campus and off-campus, such as on public transport or at home.

Safer Community provides expert advice and information. They also offer you options and referrals to help resolve your concerns to keep you and others safe.

Visit the Safer Community website for more information and to report.

View this article to learn the difference between disclosing and reporting.