Updates on protest at Deakin Burwood

Media release

07 May 2024

For updates on the protest at the Burwood Campus, visit the Deakin Life website

**Update Wednesday 8 May @ 5pm**

Deakin is aware that some protestors behaved in an utterly unacceptable way on Tuesday afternoon at our Burwood Campus.

Threatening behaviour and hate speech were observed and recorded being used by protestors towards other members of the University community.

The University is investigating these incidents and will take all available action.

Deakin will not tolerate unacceptable language or behaviour that breaches our code of conduct, including messages that are threatening, racist, antisemitic or Islamophobic.

We have a 24/7 security presence on campus to monitor protest activity and ensure the safety and security of all in our community. The ability to use our campuses without threat or impediment remains our first priority and we will not allow the actions of a few to compromise the values and standing of our university.

Our security staff are ready to intervene immediately if there is a risk to personal safety, or if any behaviour constitutes a criminal offence.


**Monday 6 May**

Deakin is aware that a small group of students are exercising their right to peaceful protest at our Burwood Campus.

Deakin’s priority is to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.

This sits alongside our fundamental role in facilitating robust and respectful debate.

Freedom of speech and academic freedom are pivotal in defining our purpose as a university.

Deakin, now almost 50 years old, has a long and proud history as a diverse, multicultural and multi-faith community where many views exist and are often expressed through planned activities, including peaceful protest.

All perspectives are welcome, but these must be respectfully expressed.

Everyone at Deakin has the right to a learning and work environment free from discrimination, harassment, victimisation and vilification.

Deakin does not tolerate behaviour that is not in line with University policies or procedures or unacceptable conduct. This includes:

  • Disruption of University activity, including lectures, classes, and research activity;
  • Occupation of a building;
  • Behaviour or messages that are racist, including antisemitic or Islamophobic, discriminatory, harassing, vilifying or victimising – as outlined in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy;
  • Unlawful behaviour or messages, including those which are threatening or abusive;
  • Damage to property;
  • Physical violence; and
  • Unsafe behaviour or activities.
  • Damage to property; and
  • Physical violence.

Deakin is in close contact with our relevant student groups, community leaders, and staff to ensure safety and security on campus.

Deakin has a wide range of support services to assist our community:

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