Other behaviours of concern

We support and respond to staff and students who experience concerning, threatening, inappropriate or offensive behaviour.

If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted and threatening behaviour, on or off campus, we are here to help.

What is concerning behaviour?

Any behaviour that makes you feel threatened or unsafe, offends you, or causes you concern about a person harming themselves or someone else. It may be something that just doesn’t feel quite right.

Specific behaviours of concern


Discrimination occurs when a person treats, or proposes to treat, another person unfavourably because of a protected attribute. Discrimination is unlawful under the Equal Opportunity Act (Vic) 2010.

More information on discrimination and harassment at Deakin


Bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a person or group, that creates a risk to health and safety. Bullying is not tolerated at Deakin. Anti-bullying policies and procedures set out clear expectations of behaviour, including online activity and social media use, as well as everyone's rights and responsibilities to ensure a supportive, inclusive, fair and safe learning environment for all.

More information on bullying and cyber-bullying


Stalking occurs when a person intentionally and repeatedly follows, contacts, or interferes with another person or their property, and can result in fear and distress. Stalking is a criminal offence. Stalking can occur using technology or in person.


Victimisation means threatening a person or subjecting them to any form of detriment because they have lodged a complaint or proposes to make a complaint.

Vexatious complaints

Vexatious complaints are complaints made in bad faith. They can hurt and disrupt another person’s life in such a way that their career can be damaged and may result in psychological injury. Vexatious complaints are a form of misconduct and may result in disciplinary action in accordance with policy.

If you witness the concerning behaviour

  • Offer support to the person who has been bullied.
  • Consider keeping a record of the inappropriate content and behaviour.
  • Speak to Safer Community.

Get advice or support

For advice and support on how to manage incidents of problem behaviour, please:

All assistance is confidential.

Other support

Make a complaint

If the matter cannot be directly resolved or direct action has been unsuccessful, you can lodge a formal complaint to Student Complaints.

You can access information about lodging a complaint through the Student Complaints Office. Safer Community can assist you in this, or you can make a complaint directly.

Deakin will ensure that all reported complaints are treated in a sensitive, fair, and timely manner; that privacy and confidentiality of all parties is respected; and that people involved in all aspects of the resolution of complaints are protected from victimisation.

Penalties can be applied to perpetrators of bullying and cyber-bullying including formal disciplinary proceedings for misconduct.

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