The results of the 2021 the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) have been released, and represents a difficult day for our university community, particularly for victim-survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The NSSS was conducted during September last year by Universities Australia to collect information on the prevalence and nature of university student experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault to provide accurate information to universities across Australia about what is happening in our student communities.
Speaking of the results, Professor Pascale Quester, Swinburne University of Technology’s Vice-Chancellor said that more can be done to help keep all students safe.
“Any incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurs in or out of our university is one too many. I want to say that I am deeply sorry to anyone who has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment,” Professor Quester said.
“The NSSS is a crucial step in understanding student experiences and how we can better support our students and make them feel safe. We are determined to take the necessary actions to support our students.“
"I would like to thank each of the 1,054 Swinburne students and all 43,819 students across Australia who responded to the survey. Their contribution helps us make change, recognise where well-intentioned measures may have fallen short and see where there are meaningful signs of progress and change,” she said.
“Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. While we have been working hard to put measures in place to provide anyone who enters our working and learning environments access to appropriate safety and support resources, we must do more to help everyone feel and be safe.
“We’re on a constant mission to ensure that safety and respect are central to our university culture, and we need to continue improving our support initiatives for our students and staff,” Professor Quester said.
Swinburne has been working hard to improve safety on campus for many years now, making practical changes including:
Further information on Swinburne's actions is available at Swinburne's safety through prevention website.