Safety on Campus

Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Respect and safety on campus for staff and students is imperative. There is no place for sexual harassment or assault, or any form of discrimination.

CHC, as part of a nation-wide effort, is actively engaged in preventing incidents; increasing reporting rates; and supporting those who make a disclosure or complaint. Our strategy is being implemented through a range of training, education, awareness campaigns and improvements to policies and procedures.

Staff and Student Training and Education

  1. SASH Prevention and First Responder Training

A 30-minute online module, which addresses staff and student rights and responsibilities; problem behaviours including sexual harassment; healthy relationships; alcohol; and safe bystander intervention.

SASH Prevention Module

  1. First Responder and Bystander Training

A two-hour face to face training session which focuses on case studies examples and requires participants to have a go at responding to different types of situations that they may come across relating to SASH.

For further information please go to the SASH page on the website.

Support and Assistance

We aim to provide support and assistance to any member of our community. Our staff will initially establish the immediate safety of the individual and then ensure they are supported with a range of support options depending on the individual need.

  • Study Support
  • Counselling
  • Pastoral Care

Keeping safe @CHC Campus

CHC is concerned about your personal safety and you should be too! Most students consider Australia a safe place. However, when you are in a new environment, it can be hard to judge where and when it is safe.

CHC campus is like any community and as with any community, there are risks. Therefore, you should use common sense to ensure your safety both at CHC and in Brisbane generally. This means that you should:

  • Keep yourself and others safe and follow directions
  • Report all incidents and suspicious behaviour to the Safe Zone Staff, no matter how minor.
  • Exercise care, especially at night.
  • Avoid dark and lonely places both in Brisbane and at CHC.
  • Travel with friends, leave together and don’t hang around at night after classes have finished.
  • Ask for assistance.

Make sure you know where the “Safe Zone” is on campus. The Safe Zone is the Library. CHC afterhours number is 0428 078 935. The number to call police, fire and ambulance in the case of an emergency is 000.

Safety habits on campus

Taking charge of your own safety involves building habits into your routine while on campus. Get to know your campus as soon as you can, and work out the best way for yourself to travel to and from the campus, your transport and buildings.

Walking around campus:

  • be alert and walk purposefully
  • avoid walking alone at night by travelling with a friend
  • use the preferred paths map to find well-lit walkways to use at night

Taking public transport:

know your timetables to avoid long waits at the stops by yourself

stay in open, populated areas in full view of bus.

Parking on campus:

  • make sure your vehicle is locked
  • park in well-lit areas as close to your destination as possible
  • move your car closer when you plan on being on campus after dark.
  • never leave valuables where someone can see them
  • never put personal identification on your keyring.

Safety escort

If you are concerned for your safety, please go to the Safe Zone and ask for an escort to public transport or your car at night.

Emergencies

Emergencies include:

  • fire
  • evacuations
  • medical emergencies, first aid and medical transport
  • environmental, spills and explosions
  • bombs, arson and life threats
  • criminal activity
  • armed offenders
  • hold up and duress alarms
  • vehicle accidents
  • assault
  • violent behaviour
  • people trapped in lifts
  • emergency callout points
  • power failures.

Emergency evacuation plans and diagrams show the:

  • emergency evacuation procedures for each building on campus at CHC.
  • location of fire equipment and exit routes to be used in case of emergency.

Emergency Evacuation Diagrams are displayed on building notice boards, generally in the entrance.

Lost Property

If you have lost something and it isn’t where you left it, someone may have handed it in to Lost Property. Please contact Student Services if you have lost something on 0428 078 935 or pop into the student services office in the Learning Hub/Library.

Reporting a Safety Concern

Safety on campus is a standing item on the WHS Committee agenda. This means that items related to safety are reviewed at every meeting. If you would like to report a concern, please email whs@chc.edu.au.