Bullying and discrimination

The ANU medical school should be a safe place for all students. If you experience offensive, intimidating or humiliating behaviour from a fellow student or staff member, please know that there are supports in place to stamp this out.

 Reporting bullying and discrimination

Bullying can cover a range of behaviours, both subtle and overt. It is considered to be any repeated behaviour that is unreasonable and undesirable, and has the potential to cause harm to the person experiencing the behaviour. 

Discrimination is different to bullying, but can intersect with it. Discrimination occurs when a person or group of people are treated less favourably than another person or group on the basis of a characteristic endemic to that individual or their relationship to someone with that characteristic.

The key feature that distinguishes discrimination from bullying is that discrimination may occur as a single event.

As a first priority, it is essential to get some support; find someone who you feel safe talking to - this might be close friends, family, or a member of the medical student society.   

If you have been the victim of bullying or discrimination, please know that there are support structures in place for you to use:

  • Contact your year coordinator, the ANUMS wellbeing and equity officers or ANU Dean of students
  • Whoever you contact will get in touch with you and offer support, and give you information about possible next steps
  • If you decide to pursue it, the ANU can assign an Independent investigator to investigate your report. Their findings will only be shared with the Director of the ANU Medical School, Dean of the College of Health and Medicine.

For more information on the definitions, policies and avenues for reporting bullying and discrimination, please refer to the ANU Medical School Sexual Harassment and Bullying (2019) reference booklet.


 For urgent support:

For urgent support outside of business hours (9am - 5pm), the ANU has a new crisis line service for both voice calls and texts.

The crisis line is there to help you find immediate relief from emotional distress, and crisis line counsellours can help you to safely manage the situation you're in and help with any next steps from there.

ANU Crisis Support Line

5pm-9am weekdays, 24/7 weekends and public holidays

Phone (voice calls only): 1300 050 327

SMS Text message service: 0488 884 170

The ANU Crisis Support Line is managed by the Division of Student Life and is a SSAF funded project

More information on the ANU Crisis Support Line can be found here: https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/support-is-always-there-new-after-hours-crisis-line-opens


 More information

ANU Procedure and Policy