Sexual Misconduct Policy

Policy developed by the St Andrew’s College community
Policy created November 2017
Policy Updated February 2018
Date to be reviewed November 2020

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

Contents

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Definitions
Community
Informed Consent
Sexual Misconduct
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Assault
Indecent Assault
Confidentiality
Respectful Relationships Officers
Reporting Party
Responding Party

Where to go for support and information
Contact the police
Make a report
Make a formal report to College
Make an informal report to College
Make an anonymous report to College
Make a report to your university
Seek medical advice or assistance
Seek further information
Seek advice or support from College
No Wrong Door Policy
Seek support from others
Take no further action
Change your mind

Further information

 

Sexual Misconduct Policy

St Andrew’s College recognises that everyone in our community has the right to live, study and work in a safe and supportive environment and that we are all responsible for maintaining this. College members are expected to maintain respectful relationships and seek affirmative and informed consent always and in all circumstances.

Sexual misconduct is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Sexual misconduct is a breach of the Respectful Relationships Policy and as such, any breaches will be subject to the Respectful Relationships Procedures. All reports of sexual misconduct will be confidentially investigated in a timely manner by a Respectful Relationships Officer.

College members should also understand that sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, indecent assault and sexual assault are criminal offenses.

Definitions

Community
College members include all students, residential staff and non-residential staff. 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 on site.

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

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

Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct 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 misconduct includes sexual harassment, indecent assault, sexual assault and any other unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature (e.g. comments of a sexual nature)

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.

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.

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

Dr Hester Wilson (Vice Principal and Director of College Life)
viceprincipal@standrewscollege.edu.au

Ian Smith (Director of Operations)
bursar@standrewscollege.edu.au

Rev Dr Gareth Clayton (Chaplain)
ghc_clayton@bigpond.com

Elly Howse (Senior Tutor)
seniortutor@standrewscollege.edu.au

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

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 policies can make a report. This can be about the behaviour of a St Andrew’s College member or external persons.  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. If after investigation it is found that the incident/s occurred or credibly could have occurred, the Responding Party may be suspended or expelled from College. 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. Security and/or the police will be called should they seek to re-enter College grounds.

 

Where to go for support and information

No Wrong Door Policy
The priority of St Andrew’s College is maintaining the safety, health and wellbeing of all members. The College 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 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.

If you have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct, you may wish to:

Contact the police

  • Make a report to the police, this can be:
  • We will support you if you choose to make a police report
  • If a police report is made, our investigation will be suspended until the police investigation is complete
  • We are not a mandatory reporter and will not make reports on your behalf
  • We will not force anyone to make a police report

Make a report

 Make a formal report to College
A formal report is a request by a College member to College to formally investigate a potential breach of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, Respectful Relationships Policy or the Code of Conduct. Any College member who believes that policy has been breached can make a formal report to College.

If you wish to make a formal report to College, you need to contact one of the following College members:

For more information on the Formal Reporting process please go to http://policy.standrewscollege.edu.au/index.php/reporting-options/formal-report/

Make an informal report to College
An informal report is a request to College by a College member to informally investigate a potential breach of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, Respectful Relationships Policy or the Code of Conduct. It is a chance for you to discuss what happened and look at options for restoring your sense of safety, fairness and allowing those who have been involved the chance to understand how their actions have affected you.

Any College member who believes that the Sexual Misconduct Policy, Respectful Relationships Policy or Code of Conduct has been breached can make an informal report by approaching any of the following College members:

Make an anonymous report to College
The link below will allow you to make an anonymous report to College. As this is completely anonymous it may be difficult to take much action. Your report however will be noted and may add to other information which can help us to act to ensure that St Andrew’s is safe for everyone. To make an anonymous report to College go to http://policy.standrewscollege.edu.au/index.php/anonymous-report/

Make a report to your university
If a College member is at risk of being hurt or feeling unsafe at College, they may also be at risk of being hurt or feeling unsafe outside of College. To ensure your safety, health and wellbeing, you may wish to inform those external to College, such as your university, of the potential risk.

University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney 
University of New South Wales
​Western Sydney University
University of Notre Dame Australia

Seek medical advice or assistance

Health Direct (24 hour health advice and information)  – 1800 022 222
The University of Sydney health service – 9351 3484
Sexual Health Infolink – 1800 451 624
NSW Health Sexual Assault Services RPAH – 9515 6111

Seek further information

Seek advice or support from College

No Wrong Door Policy
You may talk to anyone you choose in the College community. Here are some suggestions:

Seek support from others

Take no further action

You can choose to take no further action or take no further action while you decide what you would like to do. We will support you in whatever options you choose and any enquiries will remain confidential.

If you choose to take no further action you are still able to access:

  • Support and advice from College
  • Further information
  • Support and information from others
  • Medical assistance and advice

Change your mind

It’s OK to want to change your mind. You can change your mind at any time and we will support you.

If you change your mind you are still able to access:

  • Support and advice from us
  • Further information
  • Support and information from others
  • Medical assistance and advice

Further information

St Andrew’s College policies and procedures

Information if you are supporting someone who has experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct

 

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 November 2017
Date to be reviewed November 2020