Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Edith Cowan University (ECU) has today released its institution-level data from the Australian Human Rights Commission's Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities (the National Report).
ECU’s institution-level data is available here.
The release of the National Report is part of the wider Respect.Now.Always initiative, and is based on data collected from a survey carried out between September and November 2016. More than 30,000 students from all Australian universities participated.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the University accepts the recommendations made by the Commission as well as the supporting 10-point Action Plan developed and released by Universities Australia. ECU is now working with the higher education sector and the ECU community to implement them.
“We welcome the findings in this important report because gaining a clear understanding of sexual assault and harassment at universities is vital to providing a compassionate, timely and fair response, and taking requisite actions to address the problem.” he said.
“At ECU we are committed to providing a safe learning and working environment. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault or harassment.
“ECU has already implemented several initiatives aimed at preventing sexual assault and harassment and better supporting our students.
“I also acknowledge the ECU students who completed the survey or made a submission. I want to assure you the information you provided is confidential and guiding us in our response.”
Initiatives the University has already implemented include:
ECU is currently analysing its institutional-level report in detail and will announce new initiatives, as well as progress on implementing the Commission’s recommendations, in due course.
Support is available from ECU and other organisations, no matter when or where the assault or harassment happened.
ECU will respond to all reports of inappropriate or threatening behaviour and offer support.
Students and staff can report a sexual assault directly to ECU on +61 8 6304 2282 (all hours) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students can also seek support via the national university support line on 1800 572 224 (available until 30 November 2017).
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