We want our University to be a place of safety and respect

CSU has joined Respect. Now. Always., a sector-wide campaign to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Our commitment

We are committed to continuing to build safety, respect and inclusion in our communities.

CSU has zero tolerance for sexual assault and sexual harassment. We will support you and people you know who have been affected by sexual violence.

Sexual assault is a crime. It is not acceptable. It has no place at CSU.

We have implemented a comprehensive plan to respond to these issues, including training for our students and staff about consensual and respectful attitudes, and what to do in an emergency. We want you to feel empowered and informed about how to act, respond and feel supported to report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at CSU.

Our results

In late 2016, university students from across Australia were invited to complete a landmark survey about their experiences and the prevalence of sexual violence in the higher education sector. The results of this survey, released on 1 August 2017, have helped all universities continue to improve the way we respond to and support students affected by sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Read more about the survey and our results:

Our actions

In the 12 months since the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Change the course report, we have implemented a comprehensive plan to address sexual violence.

We have adopted all recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Universities Australia 10 Point Plan to ensure we consider all aspects of awareness and prevention, improving support, reviewing progress and training and education in residences.

In summary, we have:

  • Established a Respect. Now. Always. working party to provide ongoing action planning and implementation of the recommendations.
  • Developed resources for staff responding to student disclosures.
  • Provided training to staff responding to disclosures of sexual violence. Over 800 staff have been trained in assisting students in distress including responding to disclosures of sexual violence and effective reporting.
  • Rolled out Consent Matters training to all student leaders.
  • Developed and rolled out Playing Right, an award-winning program, designed to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment by educating students living in CSU residences. This program will continue to expand in 2019
  • Over 2000 students have completed Consent Matters or the Playing Right program.
  • Ensured all frontline student-facing staff were trained in responding to disclosures of sexual violence and provided information regarding support services and reporting processes to survivors.
  • Established a dedicated hotline (1800 961 991) for students that is operated by trained CSU counsellors. After hours this number diverts to the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.
  • Established the Sexual Assault Resource Group (SARG), a group of staff across all main campuses trained to support other staff regarding reports of sexual violence.
  • We are currently reviewing and assessing our university counselling services across residences, clubs, committees and associations.
  • An independent review of residences is currently underway to assess culture, support services including Student Counselling, approaches where an allegation of sexual assault has been made and procedures and responses in residences. It will also review support for students not living on campus or studying online, and to clubs, societies and associations.

We will do more. We are already planning our expanded efforts in 2019 to ensure our students feel safe, survivors feel supported and people are informed to respond and report.

CSU is committed to continued effort in our response to tackling sexual violence. We have a number of initiatives underway and planned into the future.