Student Wellbeing and Safety

Our Commitment

Safe Campuses

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 are 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 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:

  • Safe Campus email safecampus@endeavour.edu.au
  • Connect with a student advisor or senior member of staff on campus in person who will raise your concerns in confidence
  • Student portal confidential feedback ticket via qualityfeedback@endeavour.edu.au
  • College Student Assistance Program (SAP) 24/7 counselling service by calling 1800 -336 207 or accesseap.com.au
  • National hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au
  • Sexual Assault Hotline 1800 101 120
  • Reachout State support hotlines -reachout.com
  • Lifeline Australia Crisis Support Service 131 114
  • Headspace
  • Emergency Services 000

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:

  • We will take what you say seriously
  • We will respect your feelings and listen to you without judgement
  • We will provide you with the college counselling hotline
  • We will endeavour to take reasonable action regarding your ongoing safety
  • We will keep you informed of the College’s process if a report or sexual misconduct, harassment or bullying results in an investigation by the College.

Support Services

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:

  • emergency and first aid treatment
  • sexual health advice including testing and treatments
  • mental health consultations with a nurse, psychologist or psychiatrist
  • If there is a suspicion that your drink may have been drugged, inform a medical practitioner as soon as possible (within a 24 hour period) so an attempt to collect possible evidence.
  • Individuals who have been sexually assaulted may wish to preserve evidence for the use of legal purposes,. Local hospitals can perform a forensic examination (i.e. rape kit) as well as treat injuries.

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 the support that you need at this time.

Options for supporting your emotional wellbeing:

  • National hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au
  • Sexual Assault Hotline 1800 101 120
  • Reachout State support hotlines -reachout.com
  • Lifeline Australia Crisis Support Service 131 114
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
  • Blackdog Institute www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ ( can hyper link etc )

You can also:

  • Talk to someone you trust
  • Contact you GP, a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist
  • Visit a hospital emergency department who can offer support and referrals

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:

  • Safe Campus email safecampus@endeavour.edu.au
  • Connect with a student advisor or senior member of staff on campus in person who will raise your concerns in confidence, call 1300 462 887 (Option 2)
  • Student portal confidential feedback ticket via qualityfeedback@endeavour.edu.au

Report an incident off campus:

  • Call the police 000

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:

  • It is your choice to decide whether you wish to proceed with a formal complaint. No pressure will be placed on you to do so and you will be provided with information to assist in making an informed decision.
  • The police will first assess your immediate safety, medical and psychological needs.

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:

  • Specific details of the incident(what, hen, where and any relevant background information)
  • This process may take a number of hours to complete and the policy may collect evidence such as items of clothing or physical evidence.
  • This process will result in a hard copy statement being complied for you to sign under oath. The statement will be used in any course proceedings that may occur.
  • Even if some time has passed or an incident happened a long time ago, it is still worth speaking to the police

Interim Measures, Investigation and Resolution

The collage can provide immediate support and protection to an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct.

Examples of interim measures include:

  • adjustment of subject schedules or workplace schedules
  • a leave of absence from class or work, and
  • temporary suspension measure for individuals under investigation

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 that 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

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.

  • Repeated behaviour refers to the persistent nature of the behaviour and can refer to a range of behaviours over time.
  • Unreasonable behaviour means behaviour that a reasonable person, having regard for the circumstances would see as =victimising, humiliating, undermining or threatening.
  • Except in the case of sexual harassment, a single incident of unreasonable or harassing behaviour, does not, of itself, constitute bullying.

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

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.

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 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

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 practice has a discriminatory effect on an individual student or student group.

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 Experienced Discriminated?

The College wants our students to be safe and encourages you to report discrimination.

State Support

National Support

Support Service Description and Contact Information
1800 RESPECT Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence counselling phone and webchat. Free 24/7 1800respect.org.au or call 1800 737 732
Living Well Online support for male survivors of sexual assault livingwell.org.au
Reachout Australia http://www.reachout.com.au

New South Wales

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Hotline Telephone and online crisis counselling nswrapecrisis.com.au Phone: (02) 9819 6565 or 1800 424 017.
Local Health District 1800 011 511
NSW Health Sexual Assault Services Directory of support services in New South Wales health.nsw.gov.au
Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) Group support for male survivors samsn.com.au

Australian Capital Territory

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) Free face-to-face support services for victims/survivors crcc.org.au. Phone: (02) 6247 2525.
Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA) Counselling support, face-to-face or over the telephone for male survivors samssa.org.au. Phone: (02) 6247 2525.

Northern Territory

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Northern Territory Crisis Line Phone: 1800 019 116
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Darwin) Available 24/7 Phone: (08) 8922 6472
Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Counsellor (Alice Springs) Available 24/7 Phone: (08) 8952 6075

Queensland

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Sexual Assault Helpline Available 7.30 am – 11.30 pm, 7 days/week Phone: 1800 010 120
Mensline (DV Connect) Free confidential telephone, counselling, referral and support service for men Available 9 am – 11.30 pm, 7 days/week dvconnect.org/mensline/ Phone: 1800 600 636
Sexual Assault Services Directory for support services in Queensland health.qld.gov.au

South Australia

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Yarrow Place 24 hour crisis response service, professional counselling, support groups, collection of forensic evidence dvrcv.org.au/yarrow-place Phone: (08) 8226 8787 or 1800 817 421
South Australia’s Victim Support Service victimsa.org - Phone: (08) 8231 5626 or 1800 182 368

Tasmania

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Southern Sexual Assault Service (SASS) Available 24/7 - Face-to-face, telephone and online support services - sass.org.au - Phone: (03) 6231 1817
Laurel House Launceston 24/7 Crisis Line Phone: 0409 800 394 Support and counselling - Phone: (03) 6334 2740 - laurelhouse.org.au

Victoria

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Available 24/7 - Face-to-face, telephone and online support services casa.org.au - Phone: 1800 806 292
Victorian Women’s Health Services Face-to-face, telephone and online support services for women in Victoria whv.org.au - Phone: (03) 9664 9300

Western Australia

Support Service Description and Contact Information
Sexual Assault Resource Centre Emergency sexual assault (rape crisis) service for Perth, Western Australia. Phone: Admin 08 6458 1820, 24hr Crisis line: 08 6458 1828 or email kemh.health.wa.gov.au/Our-services/Statewide-Services/SARC

Support Resource Counselling

National Counselling Support

You can also

  • Talk to someone you trust
  • Contact your GP, a counsellor, psychologist or Psychiatrist
  • Visit a hospital emergency department

National Doctors and Translation Support

Support Resources State by State

New South Wales

Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

Translation or hearing and speech impairment help

Translating and Interpreting Service For callers who require a translating or interpreting service.

  • Phone 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the phone number of the service you want to get in touch with below.

National Relay Service For callers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.

  • TTY/Voice Calls: Phone 133 677 and ask them to contact the number you want below.
  • Speak and Listen: Phone 1300 555 727 and ask them to contact the number you want below.