We’ve worked hard to create a safe, accepting and vibrant community to ensure Swinburne remains a place where everyone feels respected — we aim to keep it that way. By promoting a safe environment, we can ensure our students, staff and visitors feel supported during their time with us.
Swinburne here to support you through COVID-19
We are committed to providing students with a safe environment to study online amidst changes due to COVID-19.
The online environment can present its own challenges and as we settle into our new patterns of work and study, it is important to ensure that your interactions with your peers and staff remain respectful, in accordance with the Swinburne Student Charter.
Safer Community is here to help if you experience or witness inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour on or offline. If you are a victim of cybercrime or cyber harassment, you can make a report or contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about cyber harassment and what you can do to stay safe online.
Our Safer Community team offers advice, support, intervention and risk management for students who have experienced or witnessed inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour. We aim to identify problem behaviour early to minimise risks to the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others.
Inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour includes any behaviour that:
- makes you feel threatened or unsafe
- causes you concern about a person harming themselves or someone else
- makes you feel uneasy or get the sense that something is not quite right.
Reporting an incident to Safer Community
If you, or someone you know at Swinburne, is affected by inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour you can can report it to Safer Community through the online reporting form. You’ll receive advice and support and can choose to report anonymously.
You can also contact Safer Community via email@example.com. When reporting problem behaviour, it’s important that you provide as much information as you feel comfortable. The more information you provide (i.e. who, what, where and when), the more fully Safer Community can investigate.
What happens when you report an incident?
Safer Community will assess the information you provide in your report and determine the most appropriate response.
The response may include:
- gathering additional information and conducting further investigations
- contacting you for more information or to provide an update
- developing an action plan to support impacted persons and manage further risks
- making contact with the person in question
- providing referrals to internal or external specialist support services upon consent from the impacted parties
- providing recommendations for misconduct sanctions
- recording the information.
- All information, including your contact details will be kept confidential.
- In exceptional circumstances, confidentiality may be broken. This may occur in situations where Safer Community staff believe you to be a direct danger to yourself or others.
- You may report anonymously, but you will not receive any update on your report. It’s important to note that it is difficult to verify or investigate anonymous reports as gathering all the information that may be required is challenging.
- Safer Community values your privacy.
- Keep your belongings close to you and within your view.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, i.e. don’t look at your phone for extended periods or while crossing roads.
- Keep your valuables out of sight of others, e.g. keep your phone zipped up in bag.
- Always bring your phone or a phone card with you.
- Leave valuables at home if you don’t need them, e.g. passport, iPad etc.
- Do not engage with strangers.
- Take note of the safety features around you, i.e. CCTV, police officers and security staff.
- If using headphones, keep the volume low so you can hear what’s going on around you.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
- Check timetables before your journey to avoid long waits.
- If you’re travelling alone, let someone know your travel schedule.
- Sit nearest to the driver on trams and buses, and nearest to the emergency button on trains.
- Avoid isolated stops.
- Approach a Protective Services Officer (PSO) for safety advice or in an emergency.
- If you feel uncomfortable, get up and move away.
- Pre-plan your trip to your destination and home, e.g. book an Uber or taxi in advance, or check the public transport timetable.
- Do not hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.
What to do in an emergency
Whether you’re in Australia, in your home country, or studying overseas, at Swinburne, we provide support for you if you’re affected by an emergency. Learn more about what to do in an emergency.
We have security offices at all three of our campuses to ensure your safety and security.
Building 1A, entry alongside the Glenferrie Railway Station
Building CO, entry from Norton Road. Near Gate 1A
To create a safe environment for our students under the age of 18 and for the children of our staff, students and visitors, Swinburne has implemented the Victorian Safe Child Standards.
Learn more about Child safety and our commitment.
Safe@Swin mobile application
Safe@Swin allows you to have safety, security and support services at your fingertips. Featuring campus maps, emergency contacts, crisis line, a safety alarm and other support services, Safe@Swin is free via the App Store and Google Play.