At Swinburne, our Safer Community initiatives aim to ensure our campuses are safe, secure and accepting spaces for our students, staff and visitors. If you, or someone you know, is affected by discrimination, harassment or vilification, we want to know.
What to do about discrimination, harassment or vilification
- If you feel comfortable to do so, tell the person that their behaviour is inappropriate and unwelcomed.
- Ask the person to stop the behaviour using a strong, assertive tone.
- Ignore the behaviour – turn your back and walk away.
- Block the person on social media and ask them to remove any offensive content.
- Do not respond to messages.
- Tell trusted people in your support network about the behaviour e.g. friends, family, neighbours, work mates, or peers/staff at university.
- Talk about how it's affecting you.
- Seek their advice on how to respond.
- Seek help from professional support services listed on this page.
- Keep a record of the behaviour you have experienced including date, time, place, names, witnesses, as well what you or others have done to try and stop the behaviour.
- Describe the behaviour that is upsetting you and the impact it has had (e.g. taking time off study).
- Keep any evidence, for example copies of messages, photos, or online conversations.
- Report online harassment and vilification to the social media site.
- Report behaviour to Swinburne e.g. teaching or professional staff, security services, or Safer Community.
- If you fear for your safety or feel threatened, report the behaviour to police by calling 000 for free.