This week included International Women’s Day, celebrating the contributions and achievements of women around the world.
It’s also a time where there is international discussion and debate about important issues such as consent, harassment and assault. The UC community is a part of this, for example, a #Metoo panel discussion on campus was held on International Women’s Day.
At UC we’re a community of people committed to creating a campus culture of belonging, understanding, inclusiveness and caring. Ākonga Tū, Ākonga Ora.
As a student you will try new things, make mistakes and learn from them, but you still have a responsibility to keep yourself and others safe and not bring UC into disrepute.
It’s important to re-state that sexual harassment or bullying of any kind on campus or online is definitely not ok. This is covered in our Staff Code of Conduct and Student Codes of Conduct and the Harassment policy. Have you checked out the brochure Know the Code?
If you experience harassment or sexual assault there is support and services available.
Find information about support services available for victims of sexual assault here>
Find information and advice if you are concerned about sexual harassment here>
There are always things we can do better. An Anti-Sexual Violence Working Group has been set up.
The group has identified the following initiatives to progress in 2018:
1. Improving communications about sexual harassment including setting clearer expectations of behaviour and who to approach for help.
2. Establishing a network of UC and UCSA staff who can be first points of contact and engage sensitively and on a confidential basis to support students wishing to talk about their experiences and making appropriate referrals. Reviewing and improving the clarity of process.
3. Delivering appropriate training for service providers and bystanders.
The UCSA Executive Equity and Wellbeing representative Laura O’Dwyer and the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Manager Ee-Li Hong are members of the working group and would be happy to connect with you.
Prof Ian Wright