What is the Safe and Fair Community Unit?
The Safe and Fair Community Unit (SaFCU) is a University-wide service providing support, advice and information to assist all our community members to be safe and well. We respond to notifications of sexual assault or sexual harassment, concerns raised in relation to wellbeing or behaviour, reports of misconduct and the lodgement of general concerns or complaints.
The Safe and Fair Community Unit aims for early identification and intervention of concerning behaviour which could affect the safety and wellbeing of individuals or other community members. If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment, or observed concerning or unacceptable behaviour, or you wish to make a complaint, we encourage you to contact the Safe and Fair Community Unit:
We are here to listen, provide information and advice regarding your options and support, and where appropriate, will facilitate actions to assist you with your situation.
A safe and respectful University community is everybody's responsibility.
The University's Behaviour Policy sets out the values, standards and expectations for behaviour that apply to our University community. People are the heart of our community. We want you to be safe, feel valued, and to actively contribute to our mission. 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).
When members of our community behave in a manner that is not aligned to our values and expectations, our focus will be on early intervention and restoration, providing an opportunity to understand the implications of inappropriate behaviour, and to rebuild responsibility and accountability.
In circumstances where the inappropriate behaviour is of a serious nature and risks to health and safety are apparent, we will act swiftly and decisively to ensure safety for our community and to maintain our values-based culture.
For more information regarding our community values and behavioural expectations of the University, you can view the:
- UTAS Statement of Values
- University Behaviour Policy (Governance and Accountability 6.4)
- University Behaviour Procedure (Governance and Accountability 6)
- Student Complaints Policy (Learning Environment 2.2)
- Student Complaints Procedure (Learning Environment 2)
- University of Tasmania Staff Agreement
Additional Supports Available
The University has a range of support options available to assist you.
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 are on campus, you can contact your local campus Safety and Security team on +61 3 6226 7600 or extension 7600 from an internal phone.
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).
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 Tasmania University Union (TUU) and the Union's Student Representative Council (SRC). The TUU 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).