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Definition

Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature in circumstances in which a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would have anticipated the possibility that the other person would feel humiliated, intimidated or offended.

It may include:
  • unwanted requests for sexual favours
  • offensive comments of a sexual nature
  • staring or leering
  • sexual or smutty jokes
  • comments, questioning or teasing about a person's alleged sexual activities or private life
  • persistent unwelcome invitations, telephone calls or emails
  • offensive hand or body gestures
  • the display of sexually suggestive material
  • sending sexually explicit emails or text messages
  • unwanted ongoing declarations of affection or approaches for affection, including gifts and being followed
  • sexual assault or rape
  • use of University computer systems for the retention and distribution of sexually explicit material.

Assistance at Monash University

Safer Community Unit

Safer Community Unit advisers are responsible for responding to members of the University community who contact them and:

  • perceive that they may have experienced unacceptable behaviour or
  • have been advised that an allegation of unacceptable behaviour has been made against them.

The role of the adviser is to provide impartial advice and to assist a person to make an informed choice about actions under the University procedures. Assistance provided by Safer Community Unit advisers includes:

  • listening seriously and impartially to the concerns and perceptions of the person
  • explaining the University's Resolution of Unacceptable Behaviour Procedures, including the definitions of unacceptable behaviour
  • exploring possible strategies an individual might adopt to resolve the concern
  • where requested, accompanying an individual as a support when they speak to the other person
  • advising individuals of the various avenues of support available to them throughout the University
  • explaining that they are not providing legal advice or advocacy.

Students may seek advice or assistance from the Safer Community Unit at any stage.

Student life and support

Students may seek advice or assistance from the student life and support at any stage.

HR Business Partner

Or staff may contact HR Business Partner or the Safer Community Unit.

Safer Community Unit

Staff may seek advice or assistance from ethical.conduct.queries@monash.edu.

Security service

Immediate attendance to an incident on campus.

Additional help and information