Sexual assault and sexual harassment is not ok, and Collarts is committed to preventing sexual misconduct in its physical and virtual environments.
Safety on Campus
If you feel unsafe or want to discuss safety issues go to the front reception counter at any of our campuses, the Student Centre at our Wellington St campus, or call Collarts on 1300 818 777, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is sexual assault, harassment and consent?
Sexual harassment means any unwelcome/uninvited comments and/or advances of a sexual nature made in Collarts’ physical and/or virtual environment by verbal, nonverbal or technology-facilitated means, including images. It also refers to physical conduct of a sexual nature whose purpose is to intimidate, degrade or offend another person.
Sexual assault means sexual contact without consent, ranging from forced kissing and touching to forced intercourse.
Consent means that a person is able to and has freely chosen to take part in sexual contact and has expressed this through mutually understandable words or actions. Consent requires ongoing agreement and it can be withdrawn at any time. Where consent is withdrawn, or cannot be given, sexual contact must stop.
If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted
Collarts staff or Wellbeing Practitioner: 1300 818 777 (Business hours) support@collarts edu.au
Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 - Counselling, advocacy and referral (24 hours, 7 days a week)
1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732 – Confidential information, counselling and support service (24 hours, 7 days a week)
CASA House: (Centre Against Sexual Assault): 03 9635 3610 - Counselling and support line (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Nurse on Call: 1300 606 024 - Expert health advice (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Lifeline: 13 11 14 - Telephone counselling (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Djirra: 1800 105 303 - Support service available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past (Business hours)
QLIFE: 1800 184 527 - Phone and web counselling for the LGBTIQA+ community (3pm to midnight, every day)
Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance): 000 – If you are in danger (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Individuals who have directly experienced sexual misconduct involving Collarts staff or students have the right to decide what information they disclose.
Collarts encourages such individuals to make a report via 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), to the Police (131 444), to Collarts Student Services, or a Collarts Wellbeing Practitioner.
Consent Matters is an online course to help understand sexual consent and support you in thinking about your own boundaries. This module only takes about 1 hour and is compulsory for all Collarts staff and students to complete. You don't have to complete the module in one session as it saves your progress.
Click here to access the module.
The role of bystanders
You may find yourself in a situation where you witness disrespectful behaviour or sexual misconduct. A bystander is someone who sees a situation unfolding; an active bystander is someone who does something about it. An appropriate response is to interrupt what is happening if safe to do so. Listening to or aligning yourself with the person affected can make a difference. It is important to not take over the situation on behalf of the victim as they have already experienced disempowerment. If possible, get the person to a safe place, ask what you can do to help and encourage them to seek support.
Here you will find relevant Collarts policies on staff and student health and safety:
- Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment (SASH) Prevention and Response Policy
- Welfare and Safety Policy Framework
- Critical Incident Management Policy
- Staff Code of Conduct
- Student Grievance & Appeals Policy
- Misconduct Policy