Respect at La Trobe
Respect at La Trobe is our ongoing commitment to build a respectful, safe and secure community where every student, staff member and visitor to our University can achieve to their highest potential. We will work together to ensure all are valued, included and supported and we will continue to recognise and celebrate our differences as a strength. Everyone in our community has a role to play.
We will foster respectful relationships but we will also challenge and deal with attitudes and behaviours which are not acceptable. Sexual assault and sexual harassment will not be tolerated in our University. Victims/survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault will be supported. We will also work towards and partner with others in the broader community to prevent and change the culture that supports sexual violence and unacceptable behaviours in any form.
Safety on our campuses
Safety on our campuses is a high priority. We are working hard to ensure our campuses are safe places to be and we will continue to make ongoing safety and security improvements.
Current safety measures in place include:
- dedicated UNI-Safe Service. Security officers are available to escort students and staff after dark between buildings, campus car parks and local transport.
- increased security patrols through our residential spaces.
- working closely with accommodation services to educate new students about safety for the year ahead.
- increased lighting across campuses and on designated walking paths.
- increased CCTV on designated walking paths.
- improved camera operating systems to maximise the use of our infrastructure.
Report and actions on sexual harassment and sexual assault
Respect. Now. Always
In 2016 we joined 39 other Australian universities to make a national long-term commitment to prevent and address sexual harassment and sexual assault in university communities through the initiative, Respect. Now Always [external link].
As part of this initiative the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) conducted Australia’s first ever national survey to investigate the nature and scale of university student experience of sexual assault and harassment.
AHRC Change the Course Report recommendations
We are taking action and making progress on the nine recommendations made in the AHRC Change the Course report [external link] on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian universities. There is still much work to do as this is a long term commitment to change attitudes, behaviours and culture.
Key actions taken so far include:
- establishment of our Campus Safety Group, chaired by our Vice-Chancellor, who monitor and evaluate actions taken to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault.
- development and promotion of our Safer Community Service which supports and advises students and staff on all forms of unacceptable behaviours including sexual violence.
- partnering with Our Watch [external link] to develop and trial a ground breaking Respect and Equality program to help prevent sexual violence.
- development of a stand-alone Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy within a suite of improved policies and procedures, including reviews by an independent expert.
- improvements to counselling services, with a specialist sexual assault counsellor (NCASA) on Melbourne Campus (Bundoora) and strong links with CASA services on other campuses.
- provision of training and education for students, student leaders and staff covering topics such as respectful relationships, consent, bystander action, sexual assault and responding to disclosures and boundaries.
- independent reviews of counselling services and accommodation services have occurred with implementation of recommendations and improvements in progress.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to celebrating and driving an inclusive culture and environment for all students and staff with a focus on six key areas:
- Gender Equality
- LGBTIQA +
- Life Stages.
Learn more about our plans within these pillars.
We have developed partnerships with a number of key organisations to drive cultural change including:
- Our Watch [external link]: collaborating on a whole of University approach to sexual violence prevention including a respectful relationships education program drawing on cutting edge expert research.
- Centres Against Sexual Assault [external link]: working with us to support our victims/survivors of sexual assault and delivery of training and education to staff and students.
- SAGE Athena SWAN: leaders in a national project to improve gender equity in STEMM which has been extended to all our disciplinary areas.
- Women’s Health in the North [external link]: partners in a community wide strategy Building a Respectful Community 2017-2021 [PDF 2.6MB] [external link]
- Male Champions of Change [external link]: our male leaders led by our Vice-Chancellor taking action on gender inequality.
- Police [external link]: including a representative is in our Campus Safety Group to provide advice and support.
Safer Community service
If you have experienced or witnessed unacceptable or concerning behaviour, including sexual harassment and assault, please contact our Safer Community service.
Need a UNI-safe escort after dark?
- Melbourne Campus (Bundoora): (03) 9479 2222
- Albury-Wodonga Campus: (03) 9479 2222
- Bendigo Campus: (03) 5444 7999