College Response to University Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Janet Clarke Hall The University of Melbourne

As the first university college for women in Australia, Janet Clarke Hall applauds the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and those brave advocates who have brought the issue of sexual violence on campus to national attention. Over the past few years the College has worked to increase recognition of the issue, and to refine our own practices, policies and education in order to prevent sexual violence and better support its survivors. We have worked closely with various groups including ‘The Hunting Ground Australia Project’, the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW, End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia, CASA House, the University of Melbourne, and Melbourne Chapter of Colleges, as well as the Australian Human Rights Commission itself. The College is providing external and internal annual training on respectful relationships, consent, and bystander engagement for all students and staff. In recent years students have engaged with staff, and with each other, in important and, at times, difficult conversations about power, trust, and respectful relationships. There is always more to learn, and more to do as we refine our thinking and practice in terms of prevention, education, and support for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Whilst the College has long stood up for the rights of those pushed to the margins, that does not mean that we have always done right, or the best that we possibly could do, for those who may have suffered sexual violence within our walls. The College wishes to offer a deep and unreserved apology to anyone who has suffered through our failings, at an institutional level, and at any time throughout our history, in addressing the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Alumni and friends of the College who wish to contact the College with any matter arising on the subject of sexual violence on campus are encouraged to do so, in confidence if desired.

You might wish to contact:

The Interim Principal, Ms Margie Welsford, via:

Our SAFE Coordinator, Ms Briana Ellis, via:

Please contact the Police directly on 000 if you require immediate assistance. Information and advice may be sought from the University of Melbourne Safer Communities website that lists university policies, external agencies and help for those who may have suffered from sexual assault.

Updated Feb 2022 with new contact details

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Prof. Kwong Lee Dow AO

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