Harassment is behaviour that offends, intimidates, insults or humiliates someone because it relates to personal characteristics, such as race, sexual orientation, gender, age or disability.

A single incident can amount to harassment – the behaviour doesn’t have to occur more than once.

Harassment includes:

  • telling insulting jokes
  • sending explicit or sexually suggestive emails or texts
  • displaying racially offensive posters
  • displaying pornographic posters
  • making derogatory comments or taunts
  • asking intrusive questions about someone’s personal life or sex life.

What to do

If you feel safe and comfortable enough to do so, tell the person harassing you that you find their remarks or behaviour offensive and inappropriate.

If the situation becomes threatening or potentially dangerous, call:

  • Monash Security on 03 9905 3333 (for immediate help on campus)
  • 000 (for immediate help on or off campus).

If you experience, see or hear about any harassment, we encourage you to make a report online to the Safer Community Unit.

Getting support

If speaking to the person about their behaviour has not stopped the harassment, ask the Safer Community Unit for help. Or you may prefer to talk to a trusted supervisor, colleague or head of department – someone you know who will listen and offer constructive support.

If someone you know is experiencing harassment, you should also encourage them to contact the Safer Community Unit.

For more information, see getting help and support.

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