In August 2020 the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption released a Public Statement about an investigation into allegations of misconduct by the former Vice-Chancellor.
The statement contained eight recommendations and the University committed to implementing all of them. To develop a detailed response to the recommendations, the University formed the ICAC Response Steering Committee, and KPMG Australia was appointed as an independent, external group to assist.
KPMG Australia conducted a review of relevant policies and procedures and facilitated a consultation program focused on gaining insight into how the University's policies, procedures and processes relating to sexual assault and sexual harassment are applied, and the lived experience of interacting with them.
KPMG Australia has now delivered its final report, which the University is releasing in full. The report contains 22 recommendations, and the University has accepted all of them.
We acknowledge that the impacts and experience of sexual assault and sexual harassment can be far reaching. Please be assured that support is available to assist.
You can access confidential support through the University's Employee Assistance Program.
Students can call 1300 167 654 or text +61488884197 for support 24/7.
Students can always report an incident via the Safer Campus Community website.
For staff and students
Staff and students can report sexual assault or sexual harassment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the broader community
In a statement released on 26 August 2020, ICAC made the following recommendations:
- The University should consider introducing a policy on the briefing of external lawyers. Such a policy should require that the General Counsel receives a copy of advices from external lawyers through the Legal Advices Register and that such matters are not excluded from monthly reports to General Counsel;
- The University review its three-tiered system of policies, procedures and guidelines on inappropriate sexual contact and sexual harassment with a view to introducing a policy or policies that are understandable;
- The University should consider an education program for all existing members of staff and for future employees about sexual harassment and the policy process to be followed;
- Ensure the University's policy on sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual contact between staff members is easily accessible to staff online;
- As part of its review, the University should consider:
- assigning an independent support person to any staff member who reports unwanted sexual contact or sexual harassment that is substantiated. The support should not cease at the end of an investigation, but be made available to a victim beyond the resolution of the matter and for as long as necessary; and
- mandating that complainants be formally advised, in writing, of the outcome of an investigation or process.
- All reports of substantiated misconduct, irrespective of the seniority of the staff member, should be included in the University's records management system;
- The University review its education of staff to ensure that there is a program with respect to the reporting obligations to the OPI and in particular, those obligations with respect to conduct which is not corruption. This review should also extend to the University's induction program to ensure it includes reference to the ICAC's jurisdiction on serious or systemic misconduct and maladministration in public administration; and
- The University review its education of staff about conflicts of interest.
You can also read the full ICAC statement.
In early 2020, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) undertook a survey available to all staff at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. The purpose of the survey was to better understand the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of staff at the three universities in relation to matters of integrity.
As part of our commitment to transparency, we have published the following survey findings provided by ICAC:
- The ICAC University Integrity Survey 2020 (includes feedback from more than 3,200 respondents across all three South Australian Universities)
- Survey results that relate specifically to the University of Adelaide
There are some issues raised in the survey findings that overlap with the scope of the ICAC Response Steering Committee. However, the key focus for the Steering Committee is in responding to the issues raised by ICAC as part of its investigation into the former Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Where the survey findings relate to other matters, the University will prepare a separate response. Further information about that response will be provided in 2021.
If you have a comment or query about the University's ICAC Response project, you can email email@example.com.
If you need to report sexual assault, sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviour, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.