People are the heart of our University community. We want you to be safe, feel valued, and to actively contribute to our mission. We want you to be successful: to thrive.
To be a community that upholds and lives our values day-to-day we need to be aware of our surroundings, our peers and colleagues, and to actively contribute to the safety and wellbeing of our University community.
We expect University community members to speak up and raise concerns regarding others' wellbeing and safety, and to report incidents of concerning, disruptive or inappropriate behaviour.
A safe and respectful University community is everybody's responsibility.
Concerning, Inappropriate or Disruptive Behaviour
Inappropriate behaviour is behaviour that is inconsistent with our University values. Please refer to the University Behaviour Policy (Governance and Accountability 6.4) below for examples of inappropriate or disruptive behaviour, and for more information regarding behavioural expectations of the University.
Example of concerning behaviour may include:
- Disruptive behaviour (calling out or yelling in class or meetings, excessive demands for time or workspace, unreasonable or constant questioning)
- Aggressive behaviour (verbal hostility such as shouting or swearing, physical violence causing harm to someone or damage to property)
- Inappropriate use of equipment
- Drug or alcohol misuse or abuse
- Threatening or attempting harm to self or others
- Family violence (emotional, psychological or physical abuse or harm by someone of a close personal relationship)
- Other related wellbeing or safety concerns
If you are not sure about the nature or significance of the behaviour or concern, you can contact the Safe and Fair Community Unit for advice.
When members of our community are behaving in a concerning, inappropriate or disruptive manner that is threatening their own or others’ safety and wellbeing, our focus will be on early intervention, providing opportunity to access and engage with supports, and seeking their return to full potential and successful participation wherever possible.
In circumstances where behaviour is of a serious nature and poses significant risk to health and safety, we may be required to take swift and decisive actions to ensure safety of the affected individual(s) and our community.
Reporting a concern is raising an issue or matter of worry. It is not a formal complaint.
The University Behaviour Policy (Governance and Accountability 6.4) sets out the values, standards and expectations for behaviour that apply to our University community. Our University subscribes to the fundamental values of respect and self-respect, fairness and justice, integrity, trust and trustworthiness, responsibility and honesty (UTAS Statement of Values).
If you have experienced or have observed concerning or unacceptable behaviour, we encourage you to contact the Safe and Fair Community Unit:
We are here to listen, provide information and advice regarding options and support, and where appropriate, will facilitate actions to assist you with your situation.
To report wellbeing or behavioural concerns online:
Additional Supports Available
The University has a range of support options available to assist you.
Seek support from our free University Counselling Service for help to manage current problems impacting on your capacity to cope, including gaining a better understanding of your problem, strengthening your resources and finding effective solutions.
If you need to speak with a counsellor outside of office hours, you can call the University Crisis Line on 1300 511 709 or text on +61 488 884 168. This service is available between 5pm and 9am weekdays (24hrs, weekends and public holidays).
Seek support for your personal safety and security by contacting Security to report an immediate problem or to request a Security escort. For Emergencies call 000 to request Police, Fire or Ambulance services. If you call 000, please contact Security as soon as possible so that they can arrange to meet and direct emergency services to the location. If you are on campus, you can contact your local campus Safety and Security team on +61 6226 7600 or extension 7600 from an internal phone.
Our Student Advisers can assist you with time management, academic adjustment, study issues, navigating systems or processes, stress, financial problems, housing problems, and relocation issues.
All University students are automatically entitled to access the services of the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) and the Union’s Student Representative Council (SRC). The TUSA provides you with a wide range of support and assistance including independent advocacy, study issues, as well as financial counselling and assistance.
Behaviour Contact Officers (BCOs) are also available to assist university community members as a first point of contact for anyone experiencing perceived adverse behaviour by others, while at work or study. BCOs are trained by the Equal Opportunity Commission and have an understanding of different types of inappropriate behaviour, such as discrimination, harassment, unwanted sexual behaviour and bullying.
For staff counselling support, a 24 hour service is available to all University employees and their immediate family free of charge under the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).