Support provided at UQ

The Sexual Misconduct Support Unit (SMSU) was established in August 2017 and in the 20 months up until the end of March 2019, the University provided support and assistance to 65 staff and students who brought to our attention concerns about sexual misconduct related in some way to the University. We also provided support and assistance to 78 staff and students whose study or work was affected by experiences not related to UQ. We continue to encourage anyone seeking support to contact the Sexual Misconduct Support Unit (SMSU). 

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The University of Queensland is committed to working with students and other partners to implement the recommendations put forward in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect. Now. Always. report. There is no place for sexual assault or misconduct at university or in the wider society.

We sincerely thank all students who were involved in the Respect. Now. Always. survey. The survey conducted in late 2016 received responses from more than 30,000 students across all 39 Australian universities.

Download 18 Month Recommendation Audit   Download the UQ-specific report Download National Report

The Listen, Support, Refer campaign promotes compassionate and trauma-informed responses to disclosures of sexual misconduct by peers. The campaign was developed in response to a need identified by the UQ student community to better understand what to say when someone discloses and how best to help them.

Campaign collateral includes:

  • A digital flyer (App Space) for promotional screens and at the beginning of lecture slides
  • A5 Flyer
  • A4 poster (useful for the back of toilet doors)
  • A3 poster
  • A1 poster

Please Download and print/share/distribute the Listen, Support, Refer collateral among your student and staff networks and feel free to email if you would like print versions of any collateral.

The Random Acts of Respect campaign was developed collaboratively between UQU and UQ Student Services. Drawing on student contributions to a column in the UQ student magazine, Semper Floreat, the campaign aims to normalise ethical bystander intervention and increase awareness about how to intervene when witnessing an act of potential violence or disrespect.


The Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response sets out UQ’s commitment to providing students and staff with safe and respectful environments free from any forms of physical or emotional harm and discrimination including sexual misconduct.

Download the Strategic Framework and Action Plan