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The University of Melbourne is committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful community.

Respect is everyone’s right, everyone’s responsibility

Whether you’re a student or member of staff, on campus or online, we are all responsible for personal behaviour of the highest standard.

The University of Melbourne embraces diversity. Bullying, harassment, discrimination and sexual assault are unacceptable. We have clear codes of conduct and will not tolerate behaviour that does not meet our standards.

Freedom to discuss and debate, respectful of difference

Respecting the rights of others to express dissent or different political or religious views doesn’t mean we should feel constrained to debate and disagree, at times robustly. Such discussions are the hallmark of a university. They must be grounded in respect, fairness and generosity.

Ongoing improvement

The University of Melbourne will continue to develop and enhance its services, policies and practices to ensure that all members of the University community can enjoy a safe, diverse and inclusive environment.

We’ll continue to develop our staff and student training and programs.

We’ll continue to develop our policies and practices to eliminate discrimination, whether it is direct or indirect.

At every opportunity, we’ll facilitate and celebrate diversity, and address under-representation across our student, staff and community groups.

Respect. Now. Always. National Student Survey

In late 2016, the University of Melbourne along with 38 other Australian universities supported an independent national student survey on sexual assault and harassment in university communities. The survey was commissioned by Universities Australia and conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

The University's specific findings are available to you, as well as a recording and slides from the information sessions held shortly after the survey’s release. Please use these resources, and speak out, as together we seek to end sexual assault and sexual harassment, both at university and in the wider community.

The AHRC national report and the AHRC’s methodology notes are also valuable resources for understanding the survey.


Recent 2017 Respect Week seminars

At every opportunity, we’ll facilitate and celebrate diversity, and address under-representation across our student, staff and community groups. Our annual Respect Week is one such initiative to which the University has committed. You can listen to recent seminars given as part of Respect Week 2017.

If you need help, it is at hand:

If you are in immediate danger

Call Victoria Police:

  • Victoria Police: 000

For after-hours support, please call University Security:

  • University Security: + 61 3 8344 6666