At La Trobe we aim to foster a respectful learning and working environment that is free from violence and harm.
- consideration for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others
- showing care, concern, or regard for someone else
- understanding how your actions can affect others
- avoiding causing someone distress or harm.
Being respectful helps us create an environment that is safe, supportive, and harmonious. Respect allows us to embrace differences and be inclusive.
Where do I have to show respect on campus?
We must all demonstrate and maintain respectful relationships, everywhere, all the time.
The following details some examples of respect on campus:
- interactions between students, staff and guests on campus
- behaviour in class and on campus (including online)
- the work you submit
- the way you communicate and behave outside of class.
How do I show respect?
We believe in developing relationships of mutual respect. This doesn’t mean that you need to ignore people’s differences, or agree with others ideas/beliefs/opinions. Being respectful involves recognizing and understanding the importance of differences and in turn, responding with politeness and care.
Here are some examples of how you can show respect:
- regard each other equally, despite our differences
- treating each other as equals
- working to understand each other’s perspectives and unique contributions
- understanding differences and celebrating diversity, whilst finding common ground.
By adopting these mutually respectful behaviours, our professional and personal relationships are strengthened.
Being respectful of one another helps us:
- feel safe,
- feel valued,
- and develop trust in one another.
Safer Community at La Trobe provides a free, confidential support service to students who are experiencing concerning, threatening, inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviour. You can also seek their assistance anonymously.
Outside of university, 1800 Respect provides 24/7 confidential information, counselling & support for anyone impacted by domestic, family, or sexual violence.