Sexual harassment

The ANU Medical School and the ANU Medical School Student’s society are committed to ensuring that all students feel safe and supported, learning in an environment free of bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination.

Experiencing or witnessing sexual harassment can be extremely distressing and overwhelming.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature that results in a person feeling humiliated, intimidated or offended.

It can involve physical contact or verbal remarks of a sexual nature.

 For IMMEDIATE Emergency Help:

Call 000

To speak to a counsellor 1800RESPECT (National sexual assault, family violence counselling service) 24 hours, 7 days a week

Other local and national services offering specialist support include the following:

Medical care:  

  • Emergency Medical Care – Canberra Hospital
    T (020) 6244 2222
     
  • Canberra Sexual Health Centre (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am-2-m, Wed 1:30-3:30).
    • T (02) 6244 2184

Crisis lines: 

Other options:

 ANU Specific Support Services: 

Respectful Relationships 

The ANU respectful relationships unit can provide confidential support for survivors of sexual assault and harassment and arrange relevant referrrals and support when they're needed. 

For more information click here.

 email: respect@anu.edu.au

Office located 

ANU Counselling

ANU counselling offer face to face counselling services at the health and wellbeing centre at Kambri. 

For more information click here. 

9am- 5pm weekdays 

6125 2442

email: counselling.centre@anu.edu.au.

ANU Crisis Support Line

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.

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

 

 Reporting Sexual Harassment at the ANU Medical School

 If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or have been witness to it, please know that there are support structures in place for you to use.

  • Contact your year coordinator or ANUMS wellbeing and equity officers.
  • 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 sexual harassment, please refer to the ANU Medical School Sexual Harassment and Bullying (2019) reference booklet.

For more information on reporting sexual harassment and assault, please refer to this reporting information document from ANU's Respectful Relationships department.

 ANU Policy and Procedures

Read through the ANU's commitment to providing a safe, supportive and caring environment to all staff and students. 

 How to lodge a formal complaint

The following is the ANU policy relating to Sexual Harrassment and the ANU Procedure on how to lodge a formal complaint and how compaints are resolved:

For any further queries regarding this matter refer to the ANU Reporting Procedures Q&A