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Building a respectful community

Safety and respect are central to our University’s culture.

What you can expect at Deakin

A respectful community

A culture and environment based on safety and respect to ensure all students and staff feel protected and supported.

A commitment to change attitudes and behaviours

Through education and leadership, we will embed a culture in our organisation that aims to prevent inappropriate behaviour and encourage students and staff to speak up and act if an incident occurs, while also respecting victims’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.


Deakin is committed to being a learning and working environment that is a place of safety and respect. Every member of our community is expected to ensure our working, education and residential environments are free from sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment.

Prevention strategies

Deakin has a number of prevention strategies in place to promote respectfulness and challenge inappropriate behaviour.

Specialist staff

Deakin has specialist staff trained in responding to serious incidents and providing the appropriate support and privacy to victims and cooperates with Victoria Police by assisting with enquiries and investigations.


Ongoing education, supported by policies and procedures to ensure consistent and appropriate handling of disclosures. Obtaining prevalence data will be a key focus to inform improvements.

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