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Submissions close on Friday, 6 July 2018. If you would like to contact us about making a submission, or need an extension of time, please email unecollegereview@humanrights.gov.au .

By making a submission you are not making a formal complaint or report of sexual assault or sexual harassment. We will take the information you provide into account in the preparation of our report, however we will not pass on details of specific cases on to police or other services.

Making a submission about an experience of sexual assault and/or harassment can be distressing. If you decide to make a submission but find that either during or after completing the submission, that relaying the experience(s) of sexual assault and/or harassment is causing you distress, you can access counselling support through:

  • Armidale Sexual Assault Counselling Service (02) 6776 9655
  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017

 

You can make a submission using this online form. In this form, we have provided some questions as a guide for your submission. However, if you would prefer not to respond to these questions you are free to respond in any way you choose by writing in the text boxes provided in the online form.

If you think you might need to take a break from completing your submission, we would recommend filling out the word version of the form so you can save your responses and come back to it.

If you would like to make a submission in a way not mentioned here please contact the project team at unecollegereview@humanrights.gov.au or call 1800 931 750. This could include making a verbal submission to a member of our team as an alternative to putting it in writing.

Information collected through submissions will be used for the purposes of understanding issues related to sexual assault and sexual harassment at UNE’s residential colleges and may be drawn upon, quoted or referred to in report(s) prepared by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the UNE College Review.

By providing us with a submission you agree that we may use de-identified extracts of your submission.  We will not use anything from your submission that will allow you to be identified.

If you decide to make a submission, you will be asked to complete a form which will ask you questions about your experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment, and your views on the approaches to dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment at UNE. If you do not feel comfortable, or cannot answer a particular question, you can leave the response blank.

The form also asks for your personal characteristics (i.e. sex, age, gender) as well as for your name and email address in case we need to contact you about your submission. We will not publish this information or provide it to anyone.

The Commission’s submission policy provides further information on the use, publication and access to submissions. The submission policy is located at: www.humanrights.gov.au/submission-policy.

If you want any further information concerning this project or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the project, you can contact the Commission by email: unecollegereview@humanrights.gov.au or phone: 1800 931 750

If you would like more information about sexual harassment, or you would like to make a complaint of sexual harassment to the Australian Human Rights Commission, you can contact the National Information Service:

Phone: 1300 656 419 or 02 9284 9888
Email: infoservice@humanrights.gov.au
Fax: 02 9284 9611
Online: Enquiry form
TTY: 1800 620 241 (toll free)
National Relay Service:1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) or www.relayservice.gov.au
Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450 or www.tisnational.gov.au
You can also make a complaint online at www.humanrights.gov.au/complaints/make-complaint

If you think a criminal sexual offence may have been committed and you want to make a complaint, you may like to contact NSW Police.

Armidale Police Station is located at 96-96 Faulkner Street, Armidale, and can be contacted on (02) 6771 0699. Further information on reporting to NSW Police can be found here.

If you would like to speak to a counsellor about the possibility of going to police, please contact the Armidale Sexual Assault Counselling Service on (02) 6776 9655, 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732, or the NSW Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 424 017.

Part A: Demographic information

Please note: responding to these questions is optional. If there are questions you feel do not apply to you or which you do not feel comfortable answering or cannot answer, please feel free to leave the response blank.

Are you a current or former resident of a UNE college?
If you are a current resident, when did you commence living at college?
If you are a former resident of a UNE college, what year did you leave the college?
At which UNE college are you currently living?
If a former resident, what was the last UNE college at which you lived?
Are you currently enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student?
If you have concurrent enrolments, please select the highest level.
Are you enrolled as a domestic or international student?
Do you have a disability?
Is your gender?
Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent?
Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation
Do you have an intersex variation?
Intersex is a term for people born with atypical sex characteristics. There are many different intersex traits or variations.
Part B: The culture at your college

This section asks you for your views on the culture at your college.

You may wish to respond to the following questions, or provide a general response with your views of your college’s culture:

  • How would you describe the culture and community at your college?
  • What do/did you like and dislike about the culture at your college?
  • How easy was it to make friends and fit in at your college?
  • Is/was there ever any pressure to be involved in certain activities in order to fit in and make friends?
  • What, if any, factors exist/existed within your college’s culture that could contribute to an increased risk of sexual assault and sexual harassment?
Part C: Experiences of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment

This section asks you about whether you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment at university, and if you have, asks you to tell us more about your experience(s).

This could include incidents which occurred in locations such as: your university campus, at a university social event, at a residential college, on placement as part of your studies or on public transport to or from university.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment can include a range of behaviours such as:

  • Sexual intercourse without consent
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, cornering or kissing
  • Inappropriate staring or leering that made you feel intimidated 
  • Sexual gestures, indecent exposure or inappropriate display of the body
  • Sexually suggestive comments or jokes that made you feel offended
  • Sexually explicit pictures, posters or gifts that made you feel offended
  • Repeated or inappropriate invitations to go out on dates
  • Intrusive questions about your private life or physical appearance that made you feel offended or uncomfortable
  • Sexually explicit emails or SMS messages
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Repeated or inappropriate advances on email, social networking websites or internet chat rooms by another student or someone employed by the University
  • Inappropriate images or film of you distributed on some form of social media without your consent
  • Requests or pressure for sex or other sexual acts
  • Any other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.

 

Have you experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment whilst living at a UNE residential college? If you have, please tell us more about your experience(s). For example:

  • What happened
  • When did the incident(s) occur
  • Where did the incident(s) occur, and
  • Who was involved?

If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault whist living at a UNE residential college, please tell us more about what happened after your experience(s). For example:

  • Did you report the incident(s) to your residential college, the university, the police or someone else?
  • If so, were you satisfied with the response?
  • Did you get access to support after you reported? Were you provided with information about what actions you could take in relation to the incident?
  • If you didn’t report, what stopped you from reporting the incident(s)?
PART D: Experiences of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment (bystanders, friends, family and staff)

This section asks you about whether you have witnessed or know of someone who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment at university, and if you have, asks you to tell us more about their experience(s).

1) Have you witnessed or do you know of someone who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment whilst living at a UNE residential college? If you have, please tell us more about their experience(s). For example:

  • What happened
  • When did the incident(s) occur
  • Where did the incident(s) occur, and
  • Who was involved?

2) If you have witnessed or know of someone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault whist living at a UNE residential college, please tell us more about what happened after their experience(s).

  • Was the incident(s) reported to the residential college, the university, the police or someone else?
  • If so, was the individual or were you satisfied with the response?
  • Did the individual get access to support after the incident was reported? Was the individual provided with information about what actions they could take in relation to the incident?
  • If the incident wasn’t reported, what stopped either of you from reporting the incident(s)?
Part E: Your views and recommendations for change

This section asks you about your views on sexual assault and sexual harassment, and what you think your college and UNE could do to reduce the prevalence of these incidents. You may wish to respond to the following questions, or provide a general response with your views and recommendations for change:

  • What action do you think should be taken to reduce sexual assault and sexual harassment at UNE college residences?
  • Do you think there are specific factors that contribute to the prevalence of these incidents at college residences?
  • What do you think needs to change?
Part F: Contact Details

We will only use your name and email address in case we need to contact you about your submission. We will not publish this information or provide it to anyone.