The University of Melbourne is committed to eliminating sexual misconduct and promoting safety for students, staff and visitors. Where sexual misconduct does occur, we aim to provide a supportive and trauma-informed response that prioritises the safety and wellbeing of victim-survivors.
What is sexual misconduct?
Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. It can occur within or outside a relationship; it can occur physically or online. It can involve physical assault or harassment including unwanted touching or even sexually suggestive jokes or intrusive personal questions.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual act perpetrated against someone’s will. It includes forced sex and unwanted sexual touching. Sexual assault is a criminal offence.
Sexual harassment occurs when a person makes an unwelcome sexual advance, an unwelcome request for sexual favours, or engages in any unwelcome sexual conduct when it could be reasonably assumed the other person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.