Sexual Respect

Image courtesy of the UQ Ally Network
Image courtesy of the UQ Ally Network

Sexual respect is about acting with integrity and showing respect for others. 

As a member of the UQ community, we expect you to accept a shared responsibility to conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the University’s Student Charter (PDF, 343KB)  in order to maintain a safe harmonious environment.

Find out about the Respect. Now. Always. survey

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Need emergency support?

If you are experiencing an emergency or have just experienced sexual assault and misconduct then you can call:

  • 000 for immediate police or ambulance assistance
  • UQ Security +61 7 3365 3333 for on campus emergencies
  • 1800 Respect 1800 737 732 for 24/7 counselling support

Support & Report

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and misconduct, you are not to blame and you are not alone. Help is available to you at UQ and in the broader community. We are here to support you without judgement.

Support available

UQ Sexual Misconduct Support Unit

The Sexual Misconduct Support Unit is a safe and supportive place for the UQ community to receive guidance around sexual assault and misconduct.

We will support survivors of sexual misconduct and their supporters. Our Unit can provide counselling and appropriate academic, social and psychological adjustments to survivors. 

Find out more about the SMS Unit

First Responder Network

The First Responder Network is made up of members of the UQ Community who are committed to ending sexual assault and misconduct within our campus community.

Contact a member of our First Responder Network to find out about the different support options available to you and to ask questions about UQ's reporting process.

Talk to a First Responder

Community specialist support groups

We appreciate that every survivor will have individual circumstances and identifying factors that influence their experience.

There are many support services in the community that are specifically tailored to situations of sexual assault and misconduct, as well as additional support to vulnerable groups.

Find community groups

Help a survivor

When someone experiences sexual assault or harassment, the people they choose to talk to about it play a vital role. 

It can be difficult to know how to respond and you may be unsure about how to help. Read our guide to help ensure your response is non-judgemental, compassionate and supportive. 

Find out more

How can I submit a report to UQ?

If you are a survivor of sexual assault or misconduct you can report the incident to UQ by:

We will not disclose any identifiable information to others outside UQ unless we are legally required to do so or believe there is a genuine threat to a person’s health and safety.

What happens to my report?

By submitting a report you are not initiating a formal reporting process. We will only use the information you have provided to put you in contact with a member of our Sexual Misconduct Support Unit who will let you know your options.  

Reports can be kept anonymous and no further action needs to be taken. The choice is with the survivor on how they intend to proceed.

Why should I make a report?

To improve our policies and support services, UQ needs to track and report on incidents of sexual assault and misconduct. 

Reports can be kept anonymous and no further action needs to be taken. The choice is with the survivor on how they intend to proceed.

I want to report to the police

If you are experiencing an emergency you can contact Triple Zero 000 for immediate police and ambulance support

If you are out of immediate danger, the Sexual Misconduct Support Unit can provide support to you to report the incident to the police. 

Report to the police

Consent matters

Consent is an important part of our daily lives and how we interact with those around us. Asking to borrow a friend’s phone before making a call or asking for permission before entering someone’s home comes naturally to us, so why is asking for consent before sex any different? Find out why Concent Matters.

Ethical bystanders

A bystander is someone who witnesses an event. An ethical bystander is someone who witnesses an event that concerns them, chooses to do something, and considers the safest way to intervene. Ethical bystanders play an essential role in keeping our campus safe and help build a culture of respect and zero-tolerance to violence. Find out about being an ethical bystander.

Safety on campus

You should never be made to feel unsafe or scared on campus, but if you need assistance on campus you can call UQ Security on 3365 1234 or download our app.

UQ has developed location-based application for mobile devices that connects staff and students directly with UQ security officers or emergency services.