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.

More information and examples of what constitutes sexual misconduct can be found in the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy.

What to do if you experience sexual misconduct

If you experience sexual misconduct within the University community, you can:

  • Make a disclosure (tell someone about what you have experienced)
  • Seek advice and support
  • Make a complaint (for the Uni to either investigate or to take specific action)
  • Make a report to the Police

For advice on any of these options, contact the Safer Community Program on 03 9035 8675 or safer-community@unimelb.edu.au

What to do if you see or hear about sexual misconduct

If you experience, see or become aware of sexual misconduct within the University community, you can:

  • Make a disclosure (tell someone about what you have seen or heard)
  • Intervene, only where reasonable and safe to do so
  • Support others
  • Get support for yourself

For advice on any of the above options, contact the Safer Community Program on 03 9035 8675 or safer-community@unimelb.edu.au

Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne delivers an important message about respect, the organisation’s position on sexual assault and harassment, and services available to students and staff.