Embracing Respect and Safety!

Universities nationwide are coming together to highlight the importance of respect, equality, and inclusion in our campus communities and online spaces. We're committed to creating safe environments free from violence, and each of us plays a vital role in preventing and addressing issues like sexual harassment and assault.

Preventing gender-based violence starts with a culture of respect - now and always.

This Respect @ Uni week, the Safeguarding and Student Safety team have crafted five days of intriguing, thought-provoking, and engaging interactions and events for both staff and students to let you in on what we're doing to champion respect, inclusion, and equality across our diverse staff and student community.

What's Happening

Sip the Tea | RESPECT

Join us on your local campus for stimulating discussions, snag a keep cup, or a donut and kick off conversations about respect and safety. Discover more about ACU's support and reporting services.

Ballarat Wednesday 20th March 12:00pm - 1:00pm Forbes Centre
Blacktown Thursday 21st March 9:30am - 12:00pm Ground Floor, Blacktown
Brisbane Wednesday 20th March 10:00am - 12:00pm Main Lawn
Canberra Wednesday 20th March 12:00pm - 1:30pm Blackfriars Garden
Melbourne Tuesday 19th March 9:30am - 11:45am Ground Floor of 420
North Sydney Tuesday 19th March 10:00am - 12:00pm James Carroll Courtyard
Strathfield Tuesday 19th March 10:00am - 12:00pm Quad

Respect @ Uni Week Pop-Up Area

Explore our interactive space on each campus throughout the week featuring engagement and pledge walls.

Self-care Yoga

Take a breather with our rejuvenating yoga sessions, available FREE on all campuses and online to all staff and students.

Tuesday 12:00pm - 12:45pm The Track (Streaming live from North Sydney Track) register here
Tuesday 5:15pm - 6:00pm Online & streaming live from ACU Active Melbourne - FREE ENTRY register here
Wednesday 5:15pm - 6:00pm Online & streaming live from ACU Active Melbourne - FREE ENTRY register here
Thursday 12:00pm - 12:4pm The Track streaming live from North Sydney Track register here

Join us in person on the North Sydney or Melbourne campus, or stream it live Online in the comfort of your home or office or at The Track on your local campus. Click on the links above to register your attendance. Limited mats are available so BYO if possible.

Daily Mindfulness Sessions

Nurture your mental well-being with daily meditation sessions. Sessions are run online via Teams daily at 1:40pm - 2:00pm (AEST).

Sessions are available to all staff and students. Register your interest to access the Teams link via ACU Life or via clicking this link.

Lunch and Learn Training

Dive into Bystander Awareness Training and learn how you can actively contribute to fostering a safer environment.

Wednesday 20 March 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Staff and students are invited to take part in Introduction to Bystander Awareness lunch and learn training, as part of Respect @ Uni Week at ACU.

The 1-hour session will consist of a 35-40-minute presentation, allowing 10-15 minutes for discussion and questions at the end, with topics covered including:

  • What is the 'bystander effect' and why we may hesitate in intervening when we see a person who may need help, or who is experiencing violence or problematic behaviour
  • the four different categories of ways we can intervene in a situation when someone may need help.
  • assessing risk and context in a situation to understand the safest and most effective way to intervene.
  • the importance of 'being someone who does something' and the consequences when we don't intervene.

Click here to register your attendance.

SLO Cookers - Episode 4

Join the National Manager, Safeguarding and Student Safety, and North Sydney Student Life Officer Tully Jocumsen as they whip up a delicious Vanilla Slice and discuss all things Respect!

Expand Your Horizons

Interested in delving deeper? Attend guest speaker sessions and training opportunities at participating universities featuring esteemed speakers like:

  • Chanel Contos (curtesy of University of Melbourne) - click here to register
  • Chloe Hayden (curtesy of Deakin University) - click here to register

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Help us!

Let's band together to make Respect @ Uni Week 2024 a roaring success! Your involvement is key as we collaborate to foster a culture of respect and safety on our campuses. Please help share your experience on socials by using the hashtag #respectatuni. We look forward to seeing you around campus.

For any questions about the event, please email the Safeguarding and Student Safety Team on respectandsafety@acu.edu.au.

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