Support for sexual harassment and assault

UWA is committed to providing an environment where students and staff are valued, respected and able to realise their full potential.

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority, and we have zero tolerance to sexual harassment and assault.

The University takes incidents of sexual violence very seriously. View the University Policy on Sexual Misconduct.

We encourage you to report incidents that may constitute a criminal offence to the Police in the first instance on 131 444 or to the Police Sex Assault Squad on (+61 8) 9428 1600 or sexassaultsquadsmail@police.wa.gov.au.

If you have recently experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment (last 14 days), we also encourage you to contact the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) on (+61 8) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888.

Reporting can help:

  • resolve the issue quickly
  • prevent others experiencing a similar issue
  • contribute to a positive change in processes

Reporting an incident

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For immediate assistance
If you’re experiencing an emergency on campus, contact Security.
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Get support
Speak with a counsellor or visit Counselling and Psychological Services or Student Welfare on the first floor of the Student Central Building, South Wing.
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Submit a report
Submit an online report of an incident to UWA’s Complaint Resolution Unit.
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Visit the Medical Centre
Make an appointment to see a doctor/general practitioner by booking online.

If you raise an incident with us, we are here to support you.

We will:

  • meet you privately to provide advice and options, and facilitate connections
  • treat you with respect, sensitivity, understanding and professionalism
  • not judge you or blame you
  • keep you informed on UWA decisions relating to your incident

It is your choice whether you make a disclosure, complaint or report to the Police. You can report anonymously; however, this can limit our capacity to support you or respond to the incident. If you report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment, this will not affect your academic record. If you are an international student, reporting an incident does not affect your visa.

Where to go for support

Within the University

Outside the University

Security

 

UWA Security provides a range of services on campus, including around-the-clock security patrols, safety escorts and an operations centre that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide a safe environment for you.

There is also an after-hours escort service for students and staff to car parks, colleges and accommodation immediately adjacent to the University. If you are leaving campus after hours and would like an escort, call Security on 6488 3020 (half an hour prior) and a uniformed officer will respond.

There are a number of help point emergency phones located across UWA campuses that can be used if you are ever concerned about your or someone else’s safety. These help points provide a direct link to our Security services – no dialling required.

Download a map of the help points and walksafe routes

Health Promotion

 

UWA’s Health Promotion team provides a range of online workshops and resources around what consent is and why it matters, as well as responding to disclosures of sexual violence.

Further information

What constitutes sexual harassment or violence

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behaviour or contact of a sexual nature which offends, intimidates, embarrasses or humiliates a person. Sexual harassment is not about sexual attraction; it is about inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards a member of the University community which may be detrimental to their study, employment or accommodation.

Sexual violence may take many forms including sexual assault and sexual abuse, which involves unwanted sexual acts or behaviours which a person did not consent to or was not able to consent to. While acts of sexual violence are criminal matters best investigated by the police, advice and support is available on campus and externally.

Behaviour can constitute sexual harassment or violence if it’s non-consensual, unwelcome and/or unreciprocated, even if it comes from someone in which you’re in a personal relationship with.

Respect. Now. Always. Campaign

UWA supports the Universities Australia campaign Respect. Now. Always. The campaign has three key elements: raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment issues and lifting the visibility of support services; obtaining prevalence data to guide further improvements in policies and services; and assisting universities to share best practice resources across the sector.

College Row Cultural Review Report

In October 2017, UWA and the five residential colleges commissioned a review of sexual misconduct in the college setting in accordance to Recommendation 9 from AHRC’s research study and report. The overarching report findings are available in the Report’s Executive Summary.

Download A Report On The College Row Cultural Review 2018 PDF

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