The College is committed to a healthy culture of respect and responsibility that provides for a safe and supportive campus for everyone. We are committed to providing a safe environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, assault and misconduct with equal opportunity and fair treatment for all students and this is outlined in the Student Equal Opportunity and Fair Treatment Policy – Higher Education and the Student Code of Conduct.
Respect and Support
Sexual assault or harassment is not OK
Endeavour College has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual assault, harassment and violence. All members of the Endeavour College community have a right to feel welcome, safe and supported. We are committed to providing safe and inclusive campus communities, free from harassment, bullying, discrimination and assault and encourage members of the college to call out, report and seek supports when these behaviours occur.
We all share the responsibility to create respectful and safe campus communities where assault, harassment and disrespectful behaviours are not tolerated.
You are encouraged to report any incidents of sexual violence and harassment. Options for reporting include:
Reporting and Disclosure
The College takes very seriously its responsibility to protect students and staff from sexual misconduct (sexual misconduct includes: sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and intimidation).
If you have experienced sexual misconduct or other harassment, bullying or discrimination it is not your fault and you are not alone. We understand that disclosing or reporting sexual assault and harassment can be difficult and traumatic and we are here to help.
Getting the Help you Need
If you choose to contact us for support please know:
Supporting your Physical Wellbeing
The College encourages individuals who have been sexually assaulted to seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important that you get the support that you need at this time including:
Even if some time has passed or the misconduct happened a long time ago, it is still worth speaking to a medical and/or mental health professional to seek assistance.
Supporting your Emotional Wellbeing
The College Student Assistance Program (SAP) is available 24/7 through Access EAP. Call 1800 336 207 or accesseap.com.au. This program offers confidential counselling for all students and is free for a series of consultations. The SAP counsellors are fully trained and will be able to the support that you need at this time.
Options for supporting your emotional wellbeing:
You can also:
Making a Report
You may wish to report an instance of sexual misconduct with the College or with the police.
Report an incident on campus:
Report an incident off campus:
All instances of sexual misconduct reported to the College will be handled in a sensitive, discrete and impartial manner. Counselling support services will be offered throughout this process. Even if you do not wish to make a report you may still access support services at any time.
The College has a legal obligation to contact the police on behalf of all minors (under 18 years of age) who report experiencing a sexual assault. Legal adults (18 years and over) may make their own choice in regards to police involvement, except when evidence brought forward indicates that the broader safety of the community could be in jeopardy. Such instances evoke the Colleges Duty of Care and we reserve the right to take the case forward to the Police.
Reporting to the Police
The Police Service provides an efficient, effective and professional service to the survivors of sexual misconduct.
If you are thinking of reporting to the police it may help you to know that:
When lodging a formal concern the police will require a detailed statement, you will be asked to provide as much information as possible about the incident, including:
Interim Measures, Investigation and Resolution
The college can provide immediate support and protection to an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct.
Examples of interim measures include:
Initial investigations into sexual misconduct between students are undertaken under the direction of the Director Student Services and Retention and in where matters of sexual misconduct between students are unable to be resolved as is the case with any serious allegation or complaint of misconduct, the matter will be referred to a Student Misconduct Committee and the Critical Incident Team. The way in which the process works is detailed in the Student Misconduct Policy and the Critical Incident Policy.
Staff investigations are undertaken by or at the direction of the Human Resources Office.
During the investigation process, both parties are invited to provide a statement of events, which may include witness statements and other relevant information. The sharing of this information will be limited to those needed to resolve the matter. All information is kept confidential.
Possible sanctions for students found responsible for sexual misconduct include restriction of access, probation, suspension or administrative withdrawal from the College.
Please note that the College’s ability to proceed with an internal disciplinary investigation depends on the particular circumstances of each case. In some instances, disciplinary action may not be possible. The College will still, however, provide you with counselling and other support considered appropriate in the circumstances.
Bullying is repeated unreasonable verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Bullying is a form of harassment and is when a person or group of people misuse this power in a relationship to repeatedly and intentionally harm others. The outcome is the victim feels distressed, less powerful or helpless and there is a risk to their wellbeing.
Visit the Australian Human Rights Commission to find out more and refer to the College Student Equal Opportunity and Fair Treatment Policy – Higher Education
What to do if You Feel You Have Been Bullied?
The College wants our students to be safe and encourages you to report bullying. Everyone has the right to study in an environment free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence. We understand that individuals who have been bullied can feel unsure about talking to others, but taking action may stop the bullying. The College takes a strong stance against this behaviour in the learning environment.
Harassment is repeated behaviour that is directed at an individual or group of students or staff and is offensive, humiliating, intimidating or threatening. The behaviour is often unwelcome and makes it difficult for effective work or study to be conducted.
Harassment occurs in circumstances where a reasonable person would have expected that the behaviour was going to be offensive, humiliating or intimidating and may be based on gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or a range of factors. The behaviours can be overt, subtle, verbal, non-verbal or physical and include the use of technology.
What to do if You Feel You Have Been Harassed?
The College wants our students to be safe and encourages you to report harassment. Everyone has the right to study in an environment free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence. We understand that individuals who have been harassed can feel unsure about talking to others, but taking action may stop the harassment. The College takes a strong stance against this behaviour in the learning environment.
Discrimination in student education occurs when a student is denied a benefit or the equal opportunity outlined above, or treated less favourably than another student, on the grounds of a personal characteristic or attribute(s) (e.g. race, gender, religion, disability etc). Discrimination can be either direct or indirect. Direct discrimination occurs when unlawful distinctions are made between individual students and student groups based on any of the discriminatory grounds. Indirect discrimination occurs when a seemingly harmless policy, rule or practise has a discriminatory effect on an individual student or student group.
What to do if You Feel You Have Experienced Discriminated?
The College wants our students to be safe and encourages you to report discrimination.
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