Change the course: 12 months on at CSU


Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

* 1 August is the one year anniversary of the Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities survey.

* CSU has taken action in response to the survey results to ensure student welfare and safety.

* CSU has launched two unique programs for students on sexual assault and harassment, and consent, with more than 2,000 students completing a program.

Today marks one year since the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities (2017) survey.

The survey provided greater insight into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual violence at universities, including Charles Sturt University (CSU).

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (pictured) said, “Charles Sturt University has adopted all recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Universities Australia 10 Point Plan to ensure we consider all aspects of awareness and prevention, improving support, reviewing progress and training and education.

“Since the survey, Charles Sturt University has made positive changes to improve reporting and safety for students. We have also increased staff and student training through innovative, award-winning approaches,” Professor Vann said.

The University has developed specific resources tor staff responding to student disclosures of sexual violence, with more than 800 staff trained to assist students in distress.

CSU has implemented two unique programs for students. Playing Right is a nationally recognised program that informs students about what constitutes sexual assault and harassment, and how to respond when safety is at risk. This program has been compulsory for all student leaders.

Consent Matters is a fully interactive and evidence-based course covering the areas of sexual consent, communication and relationships, and bystander intervention.

Over 2,000 students and student leaders have completed Consent Matters training or the Playing Right program.

“Charles Sturt University must be a safe space for all students,” Professor Vann said. “If you have been sexually assaulted or harassed, we encourage you to report it to the University and the police. The University will support all survivors.”

Professor Vann reiterated the University’s continued commitment to student safety.

“We will do more,” he said. “Charles Sturt University is committed to continued effort in our response to tackling sexual violence. We have a number of initiatives underway and planned into the future. Sexual assault is a crime. It is not acceptable. It has no place at Charles Sturt University.”

For sexual assault and harassment information and support, call 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732.

Visit CSU’s Respect. Now. Always. website for more information and resources.


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