ANU will establish a central coordinating unit for sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) management, prevention, policy, training and reporting.
The Respectful Relationships Unit will have a budget of about $660,000 per year and will be managed by staff experienced in sexual harassment and sexual assault case management, policy development, education and training.
But the unit will not provide health and counselling services, which will continue to be available through the university’s healthcare providers and existing counselling services such as the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.
Pro-vice chancellor Prof Richard Baker said the unit will support survivors, hold perpetrators to account, change attitudes, empower bystanders and encourage culture change across the university.
“It will be a critical part of the University’s ongoing commitment to making ANU a more safe and respectful campus,” Prof Baker said.