UQ Respect

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

At UQ, we strive to ensure our campuses are a safe and respectful environment for all of our students and staff. Respect is about treating all others with dignity and care.

As a member of the UQ community, you have a shared responsibility to conduct yourself in accordance with the University’s Student Charter and the Staff Code of Conduct. Sexual misconduct is not tolerated here at UQ. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, we are here to provide you with support.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor - 21 May 2021

Need emergency support?

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

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

3 & 4 November 2022
Promising Practice: Prevention and Response. The University of Queensland is honoured to be the host for all Queensland attendees at the UQ Hub, in the Mod-West Building.

2021 National Student Safety Survey findings

In 2021, The University of Queensland participated in the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS), comissioned by Australian universities. The NSSS assists universities in improving their responses to sexual misconduct and how to best support those affected. UQ's results are now available.


View the findings


Support, Report & Educate

If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct, help is available to you at UQ and in the broader community. We are here to support you without judgement.

Support available

Sexual Misconduct Support Unit (SMSU)

The SMSU is a safe and supportive place for the UQ community to receive support and assistance for experiences of sexual misconduct.

We provide assistance to survivors of sexual misconduct and their supporters. Through the SMSU, we can provide survivors with counselling and appropriate academic and social adjustments.

Find out more about the SMSU

First Responder Network

The First Responder Network is made up of members of the UQ community who are trained in providing trauma informed guidance to survivors of sexual misconduct.

A member of the First Responder Network can provide you with information about support options available and talk you through the UQ reporting process.

Talk to a First Responder

Community support organisations

Support is available to survivors from broader community organisations. You may wish to access support outside UQ and some of these organisations can provide specialised support for people with diverse cultural, social, gender and sexual identities.

Find community support organisations

Help a survivor (Listen, Support, Refer)

When someone experiences sexual misconduct the people they choose to talk to play a vital role in their support.

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

Find out more

How can I report to UQ?

If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct (assault or harassment) 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, investigative reporting process. We will only use the information you provide to put you in contact with a member of the SMSU who will talk you through your support and reporting 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 submit a report?

There are lots of reasons why someone might choose, or choose not, to report their experience of sexual misconduct. Victim-survivors have the right to choose if, how and when they report their experience. UQ’s reporting options and procedures are designed to put the needs and wishes of the victim-survivor first, to ensure their safety and wellbeing. If you include your contact details in your report this will enable us to put you in contact with an SMSU Counsellor who can provide you with information and support. Both formal and anonymous reports enable UQ to identify patterns in behaviour and provide us with information that can help us make UQ a safer, more supportive space.

I want to report to the police

In a campus emergency contact security on +61 7 3365 3333. 

Off campus, call Triple Zero 000 for immediate police and ambulance support.

You can make a report to the Police for a criminal investigation of an incident. If you are out of immediate danger, the SMSU can provide you with support in reporting an incident to the Police.

Report to the police


Consent is a vital part of all intimate relationships and sexual interactions. Ensure the safety of you and your partner/s by making sure everyone involved is informed and comfortable. When it comes to sex, consent is not an option. Find out more about why consent matters and how to access support?

Ethical Bystanders

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 how to be an ethical bystander.

Safety and respect online

As more and more of our lives move online, it is important to understand how to keep your self safe and to practice respect online. Find out about safety, respect and online dating.

UQ Respect training

UQ Respect delivers a variety of training sessions for both UQ staff members and students throughout the year. Explore and attend the training options available to you to help promote a safe and respectful UQ Community at the UQ Respect Training page.

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.