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.

The SMSU can provide:

  • academic support (accessing extensions and special considerations)
  • advice on housing and financial support
  • emotional support and counselling
  • information about how to report experiences of sexual misconduct to the University

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

Support available

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