Respect. Now. Always independent review findings

Monash has commissioned an independent report to examine the resources, support systems and processes around reports of sexual harassment and assault at Monash.

The report was commissioned as part of Monash’s commitment to Respect. Now. Always and in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities report.

The results of the report commended Monash on our online reporting process, our commitment to the Respect. Now. Always. Campaign, training modules, counselling services and the way Monash supports students all the way through the process of making a sexual harassment or assault report.

The report also highlighted where we have more work to do, and has provided recommendations which we will now action.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said that creating safe, diverse and vibrant communities was a cornerstone of University culture.

“Each member of the University has the right to work, learn and socialise in an environment where they feel safe and where unacceptable behaviour is not tolerated," Professor Gardner said.

“We are committed to improving the way we respond to reports of sexual assault and harassment. This is an important element within a culture of respect, care and safety.

“I welcome the report’s findings, and look forward to continuing to work with our community to implement the recommendations to stamp out sexual assault and harassment."

All Monash students and staff who have concerns about inappropriate or threatening behaviour can contact the Safer Community Unit for support.

For immediate response and attendance on Campus, please contact Monash Security. Similarly when travelling to or from Campus, contact Victoria Police on 000 or the South East Centre Against Sexual Assault.

As at October 2018, Monash had fulfilled all nine recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission ‘Change the Course’ survey and prepared an action plan to address the 33 recommendations from the Independent Review.

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