Support

The University provides accessible and non-discriminatory support options for members of the community who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying and harassment and other forms of inappropriate behaviour.

Information is available on how to respond if someone comes to you with a report of misconduct. If this is an emergency, please visit the emergency contacts page for immediate assistance.

Emergency contacts


For staff and titleholders For students For volunteers, visitors and contractors How to respond


For staff and titleholders 

Options include:

  • counselling through the University’s Employee Assistance Program
  • assistance in making a report 
  • assistance through the process of an investigation or misconduct process
  • assistance in making an external report to the police or other external agency
  • precautionary measures in order to minimise the potential for harm to any person 

For Students

Options include:

  • counselling through the University’s Counselling Support  or referral to other support services
  • assistance in making a report 
  • assistance through the process of an investigation or misconduct process
  • assistance in making an external Report to the police or other external agency 
  • reasonable Measures in order to minimise the potential for harm to any person including, but not limited to: 
    • class timetable changes
    • academic adjustments
    • placement reassignment
    • temporary remote learning or working arrangements. 

For assistance in making a report or through an investigation or misconduct process, please contact the Integrity Unit at integrityunit@adelaide.edu.au, phone 8313 0609, or visit the Integrity Unit website.


Volunteers, visitors and contractors

Registered volunteers are able to access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Volunteers, visitors and contractors are also able to access a number of external support services.


How to respond

What to do if someone in the University community informs you that they have experienced sexual misconduct.

Often individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct will approach a trusted member of the University community to disclose what has happened to them. Providing support and assistance to an individual in these circumstances can have a positive impact on their experience. This information is designed to assist you to know what to say and how to respond in these circumstances.

This quick reference postcard may help you provide first responder support to staff, colleagues, students or peers. This can be printed or downloaded onto your desktop.

However, you should be mindful of the impact providing this support may have on you personally and if you are not in a position to provide support yourself, encourage the person to look at the relevant sections on this page support options suitable for them. 

  • 1. Provide immediate support 

    Suggestions of what to say or do if someone makes a disclosure or report to you: 

    • Find a safe and private space to speak with them,  

    • If you feel comfortable to do so then, listen without judgement or without interrupting whilst they tell you what has happened to them. 

    • Allow them to express how they feel, acknowledge any emotional impact they are expressing and reflecting the words they use to describe the incident 

    • Ask about their safety – psychological and physical – on and off campus  

    • Let them know you are sorry this has happened to them and state that it is not their fault  

    • Tell them you will do what you can to help them  

    • Provide them with information about the University's support services, including sexual assault specific counselling support for students, as well as specialist external services like Yarrow Place or emergency and medical services. 
       
    • Explain they have options and are in control of what to do next, including making a report or disclosure to the University, and/or reporting to the police. Disclosures can be made anonymously.   

    • Support them to be linked into the correct person to further discuss what they want to have happen next.  

    The University offers regular face to face Brief Recognise and Respond (to SASH disclosures) training for both staff and students, which provides education and guidance on what to do if someone makes a report or disclosure to you.

    ‘Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: What are the drivers and how can staff respond’ staff training is available to all staff via MyUni and is a mandatory induction module for all new fixed term and continuing University staff.  

  • 2. Report the incident to the University (identified or deidentified) 

    The University wants you to let us know what has happened to allow us to address the issue where appropriate. There are different ways to do this depending on whether you are staff or student.  

    For staff who have a student come to them to report an incident

    • Advise the student that you will notify the Integrity Unit with the information they have provided and reassure them that you will not disclose their personal information without their consent. 

      • If they are comfortable with their identity being provided, staff at the Integrity Unit will contact them with more information about their options.  

      • If they are not comfortable with you providing their identity to the Integrity Unit, you should make a deidentified report to the Integrity Unit by contacting the Integrity Unit on 8313 0609 or e-mail integrityunit@adelaide.edu.au.

    • If they prefer, they can report the matter to the Integrity Unit directly by completing the online form on the Safer Campus Community website, or by phone 8313 0609 or email integrityunit@adelaide.edu.au


    For staff who have another staff member come to them to report an incident

    • Provide immediate support as outlined above in part 1  

    • If you have management responsibility for the staff member raising the concern, or for the person the report is about, you can receive the report from the staff member on behalf of the University. Advise the staff member that you will notify the information they’ve provided to the Integrity Unit and they will be contacted with more information about their options.   

    • If they prefer, they can report the matter to the Integrity Unit directly by completing the online form, or by phone or email. 

    • If they are not comfortable with you providing their identity to the Integrity Unit, you should make a deidentified report to the Integrity Unit.  

    • If you do not have management responsibility for the staff member raising the concern, or for the person the report is about, encourage the staff member to consider reporting the matter to the University by completing the online form, by contacting the Integrity Unit by phone or by email, or by reporting the matter to a trusted line manager or HR Advisor. 

    • If you are unsure what to do, you can contact the Integrity Unit via e-mail integrityunit@adelaide.edu.au or via phone on 8313 0609.


    For students who have a student come to them to report an incident

    • Provide support as outlined above in part 1 
    • If students have a friend or peer tell them about an incident, they should encourage the student to visit this Safer Campus Community website for reporting and support options, including both on and off campus.

Debriefing 

If someone has disclosed their experience of sexual misconduct to you, you may find it helpful to talk to an appropriately qualified person afterwards. Debriefing is an opportunity to receive emotional and psychological support following a stressful event. 

Students can access the University counselling service and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program, or both staff and students can call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for phone or web based debrief support or counselling.