Respectful Relationships Policy

Preventing and responding to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault and sexual assault

Policy developed by the St Andrew’s College community

If you have any questions about this policy please do not hesitate to contact collegelife@standrewscollege.edu.au

Policy created April 2017
Policy updated February 2018
Policy authorised by St Andrew’s College Council
Date to be reviewed April 2020

Contents

The St Andrew’s Community

Who we are

Where to go for help

No Wrong Door Policy

Who do I speak to?

Academic Program

Pastoral Leaders

St Andrew’s Student Club – House Committee.

Respectful Relationships Policy

Background to the Policy

Definitions

Informed Consent

Confidentiality

Discrimination

Harassment

Assault

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Assault

Indecent Assault

Reporting Party

Responding Party

Where to go for support and information

Respectful Relationships Officers

Student Supports

Further Information

The St Andrew’s Community

Who we are

Born of the Scottish Enlightenment, St Andrew’s College is a diverse and inclusive community united through our College Values. Our members value reasoning, responsibility and personal choice and as such support one another in maintaining respectful relationships in all circumstances (on or off college grounds, with other College Members, with people external to the College, etc.)

The term College members includes all students and staff (both residential and non-residential). All College members are bound by St Andrew’s College policies. Alumni, contractors and visitors to College are also considered to be bound by College policies when onsite.

Our student members are young adults who are legally accountable for their actions. As a result of this, the our policy and procedures relating to respectful relationships emphasises personal responsibility and conformity with the law.

We recognise that discrimination, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault and sexual assault are abuses of power that contravene the St Andrew’s College Code of Conduct as well as being criminal offenses. We take all reports of inappropriate conduct seriously and have a well-established process for responding to these reports with impartiality and sensitivity.

All members of the St Andrew’s College Community have the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment and we endeavour to maintain and promote this environment, recognising that we are all responsible for maintaining this through:

  1. An historic overarching College motto of ‘Christo, Ecclesiae and Litteris’ which incorporates the overarching following set of values; Service, responsibility, humility, leadership, friendship, community, inclusion, attainment, enlightenment, rigour and engagement
  2. Education and training for students and this is done throughout the year at College, with sessions run by external providers, by College Life staff and supported by ongoing posts and information provided to College members by College Life, Pastoral Leaders and Students’ Club.
  3. Training senior members of College on how to approach, give information and support fellow members to seek assistance.
  4. Engaging with all College members in creating an intention community that is inclusive, respectful and reflective.
  5. Responding safely and in a timely manner to emerging issues.

Any member of the College community with concerns or questions is encouraged to seek help for themselves or for others at any time, either during or after the event. All matters will be confidentially and respectfully managed and the health and wellbeing of everyone concerned is of the utmost importance.

Where to go for help

No Wrong Door Policy

The priority of St Andrew’s College is maintaining the safety, health and wellbeing of all members, our community is here to support you. The No Wrong Door Policy means that if you have any enquiries you can contact anyone in the College community who you feel comfortable talking to. The needs and rights of individuals and the community are paramount and all enquires will be dealt with sensitively, confidentially and respectfully.

To support the No Wrong Door Policy, all staff, Pastoral Leaders, and most Senior Students, including Student Mentors/Academic Buddies, Students’ Club leaders and Academic Area Tutors have completed physical and mental health first responder training and are happy to assist fellow College members.

Who do I speak to?

You are welcome to approach anyone in the College community but here are some suggestions of who you might like to contact. For contact details please refer to contact details sheet.

Academic Program

Not feeling confident with a subject? Worried about your final grade? Thinking about changing degrees?

Senior Tutor

The Senior Tutor facilitates the St Andrew’s College academic program. They support the student Academic Area Tutors and are happy to help out with any academic queries, questions or issues. For specific academic issues, look at the descriptions below for who to see.

Dean of Studies

The Dean of Studies supports the Senior Tutor with the academic program.

Academic Buddies

First year students are paired up with their very own 2nd or 3rd year Academic Buddy who will be studying in the same faculty as them. Ask your Academic Buddy about day to day or logistical issues – What textbooks do you need? Where is that building/room? How do you submit an assignment online?

Academic Area Tutors

Academic Area Tutors (AATs) provide more in depth and course specific information to students through regularly scheduled tutorials. They are available to help with coursework.

Pastoral Leaders

Having a rough time at College? Feeling like you don’t fit in? Not sure how to get involved? Having health or wellbeing issues that impacting your life?  Feel you need additional support? Missing home? Need someone to chat to? Our Pastoral Leaders can help and all enquires will be dealt with sensitively, confidentially and respectfully.

 

Pastoral Leaders are student members of College who are strongly engaged with the student community. They live throughout College, including at our Australia Street Campus. We also have a dedicated member to support our non-residential members (Non-residential Liaison).

 

St Andrew’s Students’ Club – House Committee

The house committee is elected each year by the students of St Andrew’s College consisting of 11 members. The house committee is a group of students that leads and directs the St Andrew’s Student Club throughout the year in the many facets of the college and inter-collegiate community.

Senior Student

The senior student is the executive officer of the Student’s Club who chairs Students’ Club and House Committee meetings. The senior student is the main liaison between the Students’ Club and the Principal as well as the College Council and plays an important role in dealing with disciplinary issues within the Students’ Club.  As the public face of the student body the leadership of the senior student demands a desire to take part in the improvements of Andrew’s as well as overseeing the leadership in the various sub-committees in the Students’ Club.

Honorary Secretary

The Honorary Secretary is principally the liaison between the House Committee, Students’Club and Administration.  This includes recording and reporting minutes and all correspondence of Student’s Club and House Committee meetings. Major roles of the Secretary include undertaking the room draw, coordinating and publishing the social calendar, organising interviews for prospective students, day-to-day organising for the Students’ Club and being a source of communicate with Administration.

Honorary Treasurer

The Honorary Treasurer primarily manages the financial responsibilities of the Students’ Club as well as upholding executive responsibilities.  This includes managing the Students’ Club budget, completing quarterly business activity statement for the Australian Tax Office and managing the financial aspects of all Student Club run events.

Honorary Assistant Treasurer

The Honorary Assistant Treasurer has many practical roles to ensure the logistical functioning and operation for the Students’ Club. The role of the HAT includes; allocating and monitoring car parks, attending and assisting in damages meetings and liaising and coordinating with the fresher representatives to ensure logistical duties are upheld. The HAT works closely with the executive, administration and particularly the Bursar to conduct these roles in a fair and transparent manner.

Inter-Collegiate Representatives

The Inter-Collegiate representatives (one female and one male) primary role is to liaise between the Students’ Club, House Committee and the Inter-Collegiate Committee. The inter-collegiate committee has two representatives from each college. Inter-collegiate representatives for St Andrew’s will attend a fortnightly meeting with the rest of the committee to organise, facilitate and liaise major inter-col events. Additionally, it is the inter-col representative’s responsibility to communicate important information concerning the broader inter-col community with St Andrew’s Students’ Club and vice versa.

Social Representative

The social representative’s role is to liaise with all social secretaries and sub-committees to direct and assist with all events throughout the year where necessary. The social representative is responsible for the representation and communication between House committee and social sub-committees to ensure transparency in every aspect of the event. In addition to this, the social representative is responsible for sourcing and organising sponsor businesses for the benefit of Students’ Club.

Cultural Representatives

St Andrew’s College has a number of creative and performing arts ensembles throughout the year.  As competitors for the Palladian Cup St Andrew’s students compete in public speaking, debating, solo and group vocal, solo and group instrumental, solo and group drama, dance and art.  The primary role of the cultural representative is to organise everything related to the Palladian Cup. This includes liaising with inter-collegiate cultural representatives about the competition and organising St Andrew’s competitors for each section of Palladian by organising auditions with College staff and liaising with cultural secretaries. In addition to Palladian Cup St Andrew’s has further cultural activities including Dramsoc, art exhibitions, jam nights, gala concerts, choirs, bands and ensembles, acapella groups and gala concerts. The Cultural Representative is responsible for liaising with all cultural subcommittees, assist in organising cultural events and be a source of communication with the House Committee.

Sport Representatives

St Andrew’s College has a number of sporting teams and competitions throughout the year. The Rosebowl Cup consists of competition in netball, swimming and diving, rowing, hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball and athletics. The Rawson Cup consists of competition in cricket, swimming and diving, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, basketball and athletics. Respectively, the Rosebowl and Rawson representatives’ role is primarily to oversee and communicate with the sport secretaries in the running of their campaign in addition to promoting attendance and support for sporting events from the rest of college.

Alumni Liaison

The role of the alumni liaison is to provide reciprocal representation between the Students’ Club and St Andrew’s college alumni. The alumni liaison is responsible for putting forward any request to the Alumni Committee as well as passing on current news regarding the Students’ club. Further to this, the alumni liaison is responsible for organising and coordinating St Andrew’s alumni for the careers week and nights throughout the year.

Other Student Leaders

Student Mentors

A Mentor is assigned to each first year student to guide them through their first year at St Andrew’s College. New students meet their mentor in O week to help them become part of College and to provide ongoing support and information throughout the year.

 

Queer Representatives

College understands that there may be specific issues for students with diverse sexuality or gender identity. We have student representatives who can provide support and information.

Students with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds

College understands that there may be specific issues for students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Whether a citizen of Australia or an overseas national, members with CALD backgrounds may face particular challenges in the College setting and as a result, we have students representatives from  culturally and linguistically diverse students who can provide support and information.

Campus Support

College Members study at a variety of institutions– UTS, UNSW, Notre Dame, UoWS, Usyd, The Conservatorium of Music. Each institution has its own student support services.  Please see the relevant institutional website for more details.

University Policies

College members attend a number of tertiary institutions and each of these institutions have policies regarding bullying, harassment and discrimination. Students of each institution are bound by these policies as well as St Andrew’s College policy.

Respectful Relationships Policy

Preventing and responding to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault and sexual assault

  1. College Members are expected to maintain respectful relationships always and in all circumstances. Discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault and sexual assault are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  2. College Members should understand that harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault and sexual assault are criminal offenses.
  3. College Members are expected to actively seek informed consent in their interactions with others and respect when it is not given or withdrawn.

Background to the Policy

St Andrew’s College seeks to support its members through their transition to adulthood with a breadth of intellectual, spiritual, cultural and social experiences. Rather than creating policy grounded in punitive measures, this policy aims to empower College Members by focussing on wellbeing and encouraging its members to think critically, make informed choices and to hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. It seeks to assist all College members to engage in respectful relationships always, to actively seek informed consent and ethically negotiate all relationships and interactions. This policy intends to;

  • Make College Members aware of the support available to them
  • Encourage College Members to seek help for any situation where they feel uncomfortable
  • Guide College Members in creating a community where Members value informed consent and respect choices
  • To clearly set out the behavioural expectations and legal obligations of College Members
  • To inform College Members of the procedures that the College will follow in responding to a report
  • To ensure that College is a safe respectful community
  • To ensure that any adverse experiences are approached ethically, are dealt with sensitively, fairly and confidentially and within Australian Law

College Student Members are young adults who are legally accountable for their actions. As a result of this, the College’s policy and procedures relating to respectful relationships emphasises personal responsibility and conformity with the law. College members include all students, residential staff and non-residential staff. Alumni, contractors and visitors to College are also considered to be bound by College policies when on site.

St Andrew’s College recognises that discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault and sexual assault are abuses of power that contravene the St Andrew’s College Code of Conduct. The College takes all reports of inappropriate conduct seriously and has well-established processes for responding to these reports with impartiality and sensitivity.

Definitions

Informed Consent

St Andrew’s College Members have the right to make choices free from peer pressure and with a clear understanding of the facts and potential outcomes of that choice. This is informed consent and should be actively sought when interacting with others.

College Members should understand that informed consent can only be given by those who are

  • 16+ years old
  • Fully conscious and not intoxicated
  • Free from the influence of others, especially older community members
  • Aware of all the relevant facts

This includes

  1. Being given sufficient information to understand what they are agreeing to
  2. Being given a free choice to opt in or out
  3. Being permitted to change their mind at any time

Confidentiality

All enquiries or reports will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect and will remain confidential except when it is assessed that it is likely that there is a significant risk to any College Member.  The bounds of confidentiality will be discussed and an individual plan created that addresses a balance between the wellbeing and safety of the individuals involved and the College at large.

Discrimination

Discrimination is when an individual or group of people are treated less favourably than another individual or group of people because of an actual or perceived characteristic of that individual or group of people.

Harassment

Harassment is any unwanted behaviour that offends, humiliates or intimidates an individual or group of people and may occur as the result of a single incident or repeated incidents. This includes stalking and intimate partner violence. Harassment because of a person’s actual or perceived status may include

  • Gender including transgender
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Race including colour, nationality, descent, ethnicity or ethno-religious background
  • Age
  • Marital or domestic situation
  • Sexuality
  • Disability
  • Carer’s responsibilities

Assault

Assault is any action or threat of action which intentionally inflicts injury, force or violence on an individual or group of people. Assault may include

  • Spitting
  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Punching
  • Administering an intoxicating substance

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that offends, humiliates or intimidates an individual or group of people and may occur as the result of a single incident or repeated incidents. Sexual harassment may include

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Unwanted requests for sexual behaviours
  • Other unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is any unwanted sexual intercourse by one or a group of people, against another without their consent. Intercourse means penetration of genitals, bottom or mouth by any object.

Indecent Assault

Indecent assault is touching (or the threat to touch) a person’s body in a sexual manner without consent by another person. For example, indecent assault may include unwanted touching of a person’s breast, bottom or genitals.

Reporting Party

A reporting party is any College Member/s who makes a report to College concerning the behaviour of another person/s. Any individuals or groups who have witnessed or had something happen to them that they think has breached the College’s Respectful Relationships Policy can make a report. This can be about the behaviour of a St Andrew’s College member or an outsider.  This can be for an incident/s either on or outside College grounds. The College seeks to support and empower the reporting party who is not obligated to pursue any particular course of action unless there is significant risk to the reporting party or others.  St Andrew’s College will support any reporting party wishing to go to the Police to report the incident/s.

Responding Party

A Responding Party is any College Member who has had a report made concerning them. Since the College is unable to satisfactorily investigate reports made against external persons, reports made concerning external persons will result in a ban from College grounds. St Andrew’s College will support any reporting party wishing to go to the Police to report the incident/s. Security and/or the police will be called should they seek to re-enter College grounds.

Where to go for support and information

Respectful Relationship Officers

The role of the College Respectful Relationship Officers is to provide support and information to any one in College who is concerned about any possible discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, assault, indecent assault or sexual assault. Appointed staff members include;

  1. The Vice Principal & Director of College Life
  2. The Senior Tutor
  3. The Director of Operations
  4. The Chaplain
  5. The Director of Advancement

These Officers can provide confidential information and support regarding the Respectful relationship policy and procedures.  They may be instructed by the Principal to investigate any formal complaints.

Click here for more information about the Respectful Relationships Officers.

Student Supports

The following students have undertaken training to better support people who are concerned about any breach of the Respectful Relationships Policy.

  1. The Senior Student
  2. House Committee
  3. Pastoral Leaders
  4. Selected Taylor Scholars

You are of course welcome to seek advice from anyone in College you feel can assist. College seeks to ensure that all College members are aware of this policy and can direct you to further support and information if needed.

Further Information

St Andrew’s College takes pride in developing policy that is evidence based. Please contact the College Life team if you have any queries (collegelife@standrewscollege.edu.au)

Policy created April 2017
Policy updated February 2018
Policy authorised by St Andrew’s College Council
Date to be reviewed April 2020