Respectful behaviour and online engagement

We’re coming toward the end of a long and hard year, and we’re continuing to study in the middle of a pandemic. We’re all still facing our own challenges, and it’s never been more important to treat our fellow students and staff with respect, equality, and dignity whilst interacting with each other. Be kind, always.

Behavioural expectations of students are outlined in the Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities. You are expected to uphold these standards throughout your studies, including all communication with staff and students, in the real and virtual classroom, on campus, and on placement.

Online learning

Online learning is an extension of the professional classroom. We have set out some Guidelines for Participating in Online Learning to make everyone’s time here at University is enjoyable and safe. This includes appropriate use of online forums and emails, as well as your camera, microphone, and screenname in online classrooms. Remember, if you wouldn’t say or do it in person, don’t do it online.

If you experience concerning behaviour online, or otherwise during your studies at La Trobe, you can report or seek support from Safer Community. Inappropriate and concerning behaviour is taken seriously and can result in a referral to General Misconduct.

What is Technology-Facilitated Abuse?

Technology facilitated abuse can include, but is not limited to, harassment, cyberbullying, inappropriate comments, family violence and stalking via the use of technology. Just because the comments or situation occurs online, does not mean that consequences and criminal prosecution do not apply. 

Asking for help

While some students thrive and love online learning, others can find it difficult and confusing. Remember to look after yourself and check in on those around you. If you, or someone you know, is struggling, or experiencing inappropriate or concerning behaviour online, it is okay to reach out for help. La Trobe has many services and resources available to students that can assist you or point you in the right direction to get help.

La Trobe University Student Counselling Service is free for students; you can book an appointment and find some handy resources here.

If you would like someone to listen to your concern and provide you with expert advice, information, options, and referrals, you can get in contact with Safer Community.

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

Please note: Safer Community is not an emergency or critical response service, and reports, emails and voicemails are not reviewed outside of operating hours. For after-hours assistance please contact the La Trobe Crisis Line on 1300 146 307 or text 0488 884 100 or Security on campus at 9479 2222.