From the Vice-Chancellor and President

Recent actions concerning LGBTIQ+ imagery at ACU’s Blacktown Campus have caused some people to feel unsafe or unwelcome at Australian Catholic University. I regret and am sorry for the hurt and distress that this issue has caused and want to reassure staff, students and visitors that ACU remains a welcoming, accepting, safe and inclusive community for all.

As a Catholic university which is part of a living tradition, we are guided by our commitment to recognise the equal worth of every human person and their right to dignity. These principles are embedded in our Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan statements.

Our staff, students, alumni and guests represent a wonderfully diverse range of people, from all walks of life, faith, culture, and orientation. We acknowledge and embrace all as part of our community. This is ACU’s institutional commitment. It is also my own personal commitment.

The perception that there is a blanket ban on the display of LGBTIQ+ symbols at ACU is incorrect. We always strive to balance an inclusive and welcoming environment while acknowledging the Catholic values underpinning our tradition.

The university already has many initiatives to address the safety needs of our community, including those who are LGBTIQ+. 

Our approaches and initiatives are always under review with a view to improvement. The executive leadership team and I will collaborate closely with representatives across the university to ensure that our students and staff feel safe, welcome and part of ACU.

I encourage our whole community to play a proactive and engaged role to help us build a culture of safety and acceptance on our campuses.

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