Every staff member and student has the right to feel safe and be treated in a respectful way. CHC is committed to providing a safe campus.
We have zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment (including sexual) and bullying.
We expect all of our staff and students to behave in a manner that is respectful, inclusive and fair. On campus, at all times. Our Code of Conduct together with policies clearly outline staff and student responsibilities.
To assist with keeping our campus safe, we have joined with other universities to promote the “Respect. Now. Always.” Campaign. This initiative of Universities Australia in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) seeks to increase awareness of the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) at Australian universities.
The campaign, launched in February 2016, aims to:
- Raising awareness of SASH issues
- Assist with prevention of SASH
- Improve how universities respond to SASH issues
- Support those who have been affected, and
- Highlights the support avenues available to prevent and manage incidents.
CHC as a Higher Education Institution, recognises the value and importance of this campaign. Further information about the definition of sexual assault and harassment is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
CHC has developed resources and implemented strategies to ensure that all students and staff are valued by:
- Raising awareness (promotional materials and compulsory online modules)
- Working to prevent these issues (Bystander and First Responder training)
- Providing support for those who have been affected, and
- Regularly reviewing practices to ensure their effectiveness
TEQSA, the Tertiary Education regulator, has provided a number of recommendations for Higher Education Providers to work towards. Below is a list of the recommendations along with CHC’s action to meet the recommendations. CHC regularly reviews these actions and will update these accordingly.