University Colleges Australia has released a statement in support of and welcoming Universities Australia’s Guidelines for University Responses to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment which were released on Friday as part of their Respect. Now. Always. initiative and forming part of the UA 10-point Action Plan and national survey. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.
These guidelines will assist to inform our Respectful Relations Advisory Group in developing our resources to ensure that our residences respond in a compassionate, caring and supportive way to any resident who experiences sexual assault or sexual harassment and that victims/survivors are put first and in recognising the social context in which these behaviours occur.
At our most recent Respectful Relations meeting on Wednesday 18th July, Professor Andrea Durbach, lead author of On Safe Ground and Local Perspectives (case study), brought to life her extensive research on good practice and expert knowledge in incident /emergency response and referral pathways together with acknowledging shared and common challenges faced by Colleges and provided her insight with respect to evidence based training and resources.
Members of the Advisory Group continue to demonstrate a commitment to consulting with colleagues and experts in progressing our framework with significant progress around the areas of primary prevention and education, incident and emergency response, investigation/disciplinary processes, and the development of a dashboard for recording and reporting. We look forward to the opportunity to present the work of the group at our Forum in Hobart and I encourage you to book now before the business of university and college life takes hold.
Finally, many thanks to those who have paid their invoices and a reminder that these are due by the end of the month.
As always if you have any questions, please contact any member of the executive.
Regards, Rose Alwyn President
UCA Forum 2018 26-28 September, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart
Collegiate Residences: Respect and Renewal
The 2018 Forum is a unique opportunity for Heads and Deputies to come together and discuss the needs of international and domestic university students as they relate to collegiate life. We pick up where we left off in Brisbane in 2017, reflecting on our progress and sharing plans and projects which will continue our work in respect and renewal.
You will find all details, including a Program, current as at 14 June & subject to further additions; accommodation details and our registration page here
With the Forum followed by a long weekend in most states & territories, we recommend making accommodation and travel arrangements as soon as possible.
A reminder that the UCA offers Conference, Research and Future Leaders Grants to support the professional growth and development of collegiate community leaders. Find more information hereor contact ourExecutive Officer for details.