A commitment to safe campuses

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are never OK. All our students, staff and visitors should feel safe and respected at ACU. ACU will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct. We expect our staff and students to behave in a manner that is always respectful and inclusive on every ACU campus. If you see something that is not quite right, speak up. Here at ACU, every person has a voice for change.

Report an incident or concern

At ACU, we’re all responsible for addressing sexual misconduct.

If you have experienced, observed or heard about sexual behaviour that may be illegal, inappropriate, threatening or concerning, we’re here to support you.

Any student, staff member or member of the public can report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment at any time, whether you do so to seek support or you want the university to investigate and/or act.

You can make a disclosure or submit a formal report using our online form, as well as learn more about your reporting options.

Report an incident

If you have just experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault and need immediate help:

  • call police or ambulance on 000
  • call ACU National Security Centre on 1300 729 452 or 8888 (from any internal ACU phone).

Defining sexual misconduct

Understand what constitutes sexual assault and sexual harassment and know the meaning of consent so that we can keep our campuses safe.

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Access help and support

It takes courage to reach out if you’ve experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault. And we’re here to support you when you do.

ACU offers a range of free and confidential support services, including a dedicated Safeguarding and Student Safety Team, counselling, medical assistance, and local Safety Support Officers trained to find the best support for you.

Access support services

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Responding to a disclosure

Learn how to support someone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault. When someone discloses their experiences to you, your response is crucial to their recovery.

Respond effectively

What we’re doing to address sexual misconduct

At ACU, we’re taking steps to continually improve our prevention and response to sexual harassment and sexual assault. These include:

  • establishing the Safety Support Network, with specially trained Safety Support Officers on each campus to support students who have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment, sexual assault or family and domestic violence
  • requiring all commencing students to complete a Respectful Relationships Module, which discusses elements of a respectful relationship, consent, understanding sexual harassment, sexual assault and family and domestic violence, how to be an active bystander, and how to access support and reporting options at ACU
  • facilitating a Bystander Awareness Training Program (MATE) for students and staff
  • continuing our commitment to an action plan in response to the 2021 National Student Safety Survey, aimed at increasing education, awareness, prevention and response to sexual harassment and sexual assault on all ACU campuses
  • conducting an ACU Student Accommodation External Review (PDF, 1.33MB) in response to the Change the Course report 
  • continuing our commitment to a safeguarding and child safety action plan.

Keeping safe on campus

All ACU campuses have 24-hour security services. If you are studying or working after hours, you can contact an ACU Security Officer to escort you around campus. Call 8888 or 1300 729 452.

SafeZone app

ACU staff and students are pre-registered to the free SafeZone mobile app. Download the app and use it on campus to call ACU Security, request first aid, or raise the alarm for emergency help.

If the app is used off-campus such as student accommodation, it will direct you to dial Emergency Services (000). SafeZone is monitored 24/7.

Download the SafeZone app

National Student Safety Survey

The National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) is part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative: an ongoing commitment from Australian universities to prevent and address sexual harassment and sexual assault in the sector, and to improve how universities respond to and support those affected. 

Learn more about the National Student Safety Survey

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