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

Respect is everyone’s right, everyone’s responsibility

We’re all part of a community working to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Our community embraces diversity, which means always treating everyone equitably, fairly, and with respect. At every opportunity, we’ll facilitate and celebrate diversity, and address under-representation across our student, staff and community groups.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

As a global university seeking to attract and retain the best students and employees as well as form collaborative partnerships with global institutions and businesses, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. We will continue to develop and enhance our services, policies and practices to ensure all members of the University community enjoy a safe, diverse and inclusive environment. We’re also continuing to develop and refine our polices, practices and staff training to eliminate unlawful discrimination.


Respect is:

Knowing you’ll be supported

Everyone who’s part of the University of Melbourne community should feel safe and supported. We provide a number of free services that can safely and confidentially support you in a variety of circumstances.

Embracing our diversity

The University does not accept bullying or unlawful discrimination. Differences enrich and diversify our community. If anything happens that makes you feel unwelcome or unsafe, the University is here to help you. The Safer Community Program provides help, support and referrals to students who have experienced or witnessed unacceptable behaviours.

Knowing when no is the answer

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are never acceptable. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment, contact the Safer Community Program for support and referrals. We’ll also provide advice and assistance for reporting options, both internal and external.


Your rights and responsibilities

Whether you’re a student or member of staff, on campus or online, we’re all responsible for personal behaviour of the highest standard and have the right to expect the same from others.

You have the right to:

  • Feel safe and supported
  • Be valued for who you are
  • Have political or religious views that are different to others.

You are responsible for:

  • Treating everyone equitably and fairly
  • Adhering to the Student Conduct Policy
  • Understanding and modelling the Student Charter
  • Knowing when no is the answer: respecting each others' boundaries and consent decisions.

See something wrong? Say something to put it right

As a community, we value looking out for one another. We need to work together to bring about change. A culture of bystander action helps keep us all safe on campus.

Here's where to go for help:

  • Emergencies or immediate danger: Call Victoria Police on 000.
  • 24/7 on-the-spot help: Call University Security toll-free on 1800 246 066.
  • If you have witnessed unacceptable behaviour on campus: Report it to the Safer Community Program.
  • If you have experienced sexual assault, harassment or other unacceptable behaviour: Contact the Safer Community Program for advice and assistance for support and reporting options, both internal and external.

Events, programs and support materials

  • Student clubs and societies – one of the easiest and most fulfilling ways to get involved, meet new people, try new things, expand your social circle or connect with like-minded people at Uni.
  • New Student Precinct – re-imagining the student experience at Parkville with a new precinct where students can connect, study, innovate and unwind.
  • Consent Matters online course – an online course covering our expectations of appropriate student conduct, tips on being an active bystander and where to find support services at the University.
  • Respect and Diversity week – running in March every year we celebrate our commitment to a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful University community that embraces diversity.
  • Midsumma Pride March - Parade, pride and party come together once a year in Melbourne's iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity.
  • Safer Community Program - promoting a respectful, inclusive, and connected campus community and offering the opportunity to seek support and advice about behaviours of concern
  • UniSafe app – quick access to the Safer Community Program, and information, resources and tools to enhance your safety.
  • Student Equity and Disability Support – Providing services for students who need ongoing support with their studies.
  • Melbourne Disability Institute – promoting collaboration across the University to address the complex problems facing people with disabilities, their families and carers.
  • Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) – our third RAP has been awarded the highest status – Elevate – demonstrating leadership in reconciliation. We aim to foster an environment of deep mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, through engaging with, and learning from, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
  • Respect Taskforce – overseeing the University’s strategies to further improve our culture, policies and practices towards preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • Melbourne Social Equity Institute – bringing together researchers to address disadvantage across social life.
  • Equity Innovation Grants - funding to encourage initiatives focusing on low-SES student entry and retention, success and completion.

Policies and principles

Policies are the University's formal statements of principle. There are a number of approved policies which govern appropriate behaviour.

If you are in immediate danger

Call Victoria Police:

  • Victoria Police: 000

For 24/7 support, please call University Security:

Bullying, harassment, discrimination and sexual assault are always unacceptable

The University of Melbourne has zero tolerance for sexual assault and sexual harassment. The University has clear codes of conduct and will not tolerate behaviour that does not meet our standards.