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The Respectful Community Initiative is for the whole Monash community, with a focus on sporting teams, students living on-campus, Monash clubs, societies, associations and unions.

All our offerings are free of charge.

Respectful and Responsible online module

In support of our Respectful Community Initiative, Monash University is a partner in Universities Australia’s national Respect. Now. Always. campaign to eliminate sexual assault, harassment and interpersonal violence from our community.

Last year, with the help of Monash students, our Safer Community Unit released a video, Consent, explaining what sexual consent means, where it begins and where it ends. Since then the Safer Community Unit has been working with student organisations and other authorities to develop an online educational module – Respectful and Responsible.

The Respectful and Responsible module has been developed to foster healthy and mutually respectful relationships, encourage safe bystander intervention and promote changes in attitudes and social norms to create a safer, more inclusive community. It provides important information relating to:

  • your rights and responsibilities
  • the importance of healthy relationships
  • what you need to know about alcohol and other drugs
  • what constitutes problem behaviour and misconduct
  • how you can be an active bystander.

We urge you to enrol in Moodle to complete the Respectful and Responsible module.

Discussion groups and training

We can run a session with your team/club/group to address cultures or sub-communities experiencing issues in creating a respectful environment. Refresher sessions are also available.

We also provide training in violence prevention and how students can create a safer and more inclusive community. For more details, see Respectful Community Initiative Training.

Presentations

Targeted presentations explaining how to create and maintain a respectful community are available. These can be targeted presentations. Example topics include:

  • the importance of inclusion (women in sport)
  • harm minimisation (responsible behaviour around drugs and alcohol)
  • the harm to society of violence against women (White Ribbon campaign)
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Promotional campaigns

We offer graphics, posters and flyers to help promote the creation of a safe, welcoming and inclusive community. These campaigns can be done in conjunction with presentations and discussion groups

Meeting items

We can attend your team meetings to explain what the Respectful Community Initiative is and what resources we can provide.

Who is it for?

The Respectful Community Initiative is for the whole Monash community, with a focus on sporting teams, students living on-campus, Monash clubs, societies, associations and unions.

All of our offerings are free of charge.

Contact for enquiries

Ellen Perriment
Respectful Community Initiative Project Officer
Phone: 03) 9905 1599
Email: ellen.perriment@monash.edu