UTS is partnering with other universities across Australia in a ground-breaking national student survey on sexual assault and harassment, to be officially launched today.
The survey is an important part of the Australian university sector’s Respect. Now. Always. campaign to ensure students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said UTS would participate in the survey to ensure a national approach to reinforcing a safe and positive culture.
“This survey will provide insight into what more needs to be done across the country to prevent sexual assault and harassment and how to better support students when they seek help,” Professor Brungs said.
He said the confidential survey would begin at UTS in mid-September and run until the beginning of October.
The survey will select a representative sample of students from UTS to participate in the national survey. All selected students will be asked to complete the survey – even if they have not experienced these behaviours – this is to ensure the survey provides a clear picture of prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the Australian student community.
All the information provided by students is strictly confidential and will not be provided to UTS. The survey is being run by the independent Australian Human Rights Commission with assistance from Roy Morgan Research. Responses will be de-identified to protect student privacy.
Any university student who has not been selected in the survey sample but who would like to share their experience can do so confidentially via the Australian Human Rights Commission website. These online submissions will also inform further improvements in university policies.
The survey data will be analysed and reported by the Australian Human Rights Commission. It has been developed with input from experts including the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of NSW, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Roy Morgan Research, and the Australian Human Rights Commission and primarily funded by Universities Australia.
Seed funding for the survey was provided by The Hunting Ground Australia Project. The survey is supported by the National Union of Students and the National Tertiary Education Union.
If any feel distress at any time during or after participating in this survey, support is available by calling 1800 RESPECT.
Further information on dealing with sexual assault can be found on the UTS website along with a range of emergency contacts.
For assistance on harassment seek advice and support from a senior staff member in your faculty/unit, or contact the:
- In an emergency UTS campus security can be contacted 24 hours a day by dialling extension 6 from internal telephone lines or from a mobile by using the free call number 1800 249 559.
- Equity and Diversity Unit (for students and staff)
- Human Resources Unit (for staff)
- Student Services Unit (for students)
- Telephone: (02) 9514 1177; TTY: (02) 9514 1164
- To make an appointment with counselling staff, ring (02) 9514 1177.
- The UTS Students' Association also provides advice and advocacy for students.