Safer community

At RMIT, we are committed to providing a respectful and safe place to study and work.

If you have experienced threatening or concerning behaviour or you are worried about someone else, we want to help

a. Bullying

Bullying is a pattern of repeated physical, verbal, psychological or social aggression that is directed towards a person by someone more powerful and is intended to cause harm, distress and/or fear.

Bullying might involve repeatedly:

  • hurting someone physically
  • leaving someone out
  • abusing someone verbally or in writing
  • insulting, belittling or intimidating someone
  • using offensive language
  • spreading nasty rumours or cruel teasing
  • displaying offensive material
  • threatening to commit violence
  • committing harmful or offensive initiation practices
  • behaving hostilely regarding someone’s gender or sexuality
  • teasing or making someone the brunt of pranks or practical jokes
  • encouraging others to participate in bullying behaviour
  • interrfering with someone’s materials, equipment or personal property.

Bullying may be perpetrated by a student towards a University staff member or vice versa. It can also occur between staff members or between students.

A person can be bullied about their:

  • look
  • home or family
  • schoolwork
  • popularity
  • achievements
  • race or culture
  • gender
  • physical and mental state
  • sexuality

Bullying is not:

  • single incidents
  • providing constructive criticism
  • mutual conflict
  • social rejection or dislike
  • differences of opinion
  • interpersonal conflicts

b. Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying can take many forms, including:

  • posting hurtful comments and embarrassing photos on social media
  • sending abusive messages or images through mobile phones and on the internet
  • sending emails that vilify, demean or cause humiliation to a person or group
  • setting up hate websites and blogs to vilify someone
  • using chat rooms, instant messaging and gaming areas to harass someone

c. Sexual assault

Sexual assault is sexual activity that a person has not consented to. It can refer to a broad range of sexual behaviours that make someone feel:

  • uncomfortable
  • frightened
  • threatened

Sexual assault can include:

  • rape
  • incest
  • indecent assault
  • child sexual assault
  • sexual molestation

Consent is an agreement freely and voluntarily given by a person with the cognitive capacity to do so. Consent is not freely and voluntarily given if you:

  • are being forced
  • are unconscious or asleep
  • are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • are under threat or intimidation
  • are in fear of bodily harm
  • have a mistaken belief that the offender was your sexual partner

Silence does not mean consent.

If a person does not protest, physically resist, or suffer injuries, this does not mean they freely agreed to sexual activity. Find out more about sexual consent

d. Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which makes a person feel:

  • humiliated
  • intimidated
  • offended
  • Sexual harassment can include:
  • staring or leering
  • unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against someone or unwelcome touching
  • suggestive comments or jokes
  • insults or taunts of a sexual nature
  • indiscreet questions or statements about your private life
  • displaying images of a sexual nature
  • sending sexually explicit emails or text messages
  • inappropriate advances on social media
  • accessing sexually explicit internet sites
  • requests for sex or repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates.

It’s not ok to behave this way. It’s not ok to be treated this way

e. Unlawful discrimination

Unlawful discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic.

In Victoria, it is against the law for someone to discriminate against you because of a characteristic that you have, or that someone assumes you have. These personal characteristics include:

  • age
  • carer and parental status
  • disability (including physical, sensory and intellectual disability, work related injury, medical conditions, and mental, psychological and learning disabilities)
  • employment activity
  • gender identity, lawful sexual activity and sexual orientation
  • industrial activity
  • marital status
  • physical features
  • political belief or activity
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and ethnic origin)
  • religious belief or activity
  • sex
  • personal association with particular people.

f. Victimisation

Victimisation is subjecting, or threatening to subject, someone to something detrimental because they have:

  • asserted their rights under equal opportunity law
  • made a complaint
  • helped someone else to make a complaint
  • refused to do something because it would be discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.

Safer Community can connect you with specialist support options.

There are a wide variety of support options available to you at RMIT and from external agencies. Part of what we do at Safer Community is talk you through your options and help you get the most useful support for your situation

a. Support at RMIT

Below is a list of support services available to you at the University. Use these services if you are concerned about the behaviour of someone in the RMIT community. If necessary, these services might contact Safer Community for case management and advice.

  • Counselling Service: if you want to talk about personal, stress management, mental health or wellbeing concerns.
  • Student Support Advisors: offer practical help, advice and support, mainly in the areas of accommodation, courses and program, asssessment support, exchange study plan
  • Campus Safety and Security: if your safety or security concerns require urgent attention i.e. if you witness criminal activity on campus – contact Security.

b. RMIT policies and statements

SafeZone is a free app for all RMIT students and staff that connect you directly to the Security team when you need help on campus.

a. General intro

The app makes it easier for you to contact Security and helps them to respond if you need assistance, by sending your name and location directly to the response team members.

By installing the SafeZone app (available on Apple and Android) and registering as a user, you will also receive any critical notifications from the University.

RMIT encourages students and staff to register for SafeZone on their mobile device. The app for all RMIT campuses and response from Security within the defined SafeZone coverage areas are free.

RMIT’s Security team monitors SafeZone 24 hours a day. Despite our best intentions, SafeZone may not be available 24/7.

For Emergencies contact:

Saigon South Campus

  • Medical Emergency Services: 1360
  • RMIT Secuirty Emergency number: 1368 (extension) or 0901 855 528

Hanoi Campus:

  • Medical Emergency Services: 6099
  • RMIT Secuirty Emergency number: 0942347108

b. Download SafeZone guide

Download the free app directly from the SafeZone website or click below for the Apple, Android and Windows Phone links.

a. Safety on campus


  • If you feel unsafe for any reason, speak to a staff member straight away.
  • In an emergency call RMIT Security on 028 3776 1368 (SGS) and 0942 347 108 (Hanoi) or from any phone on campus
  • If you have an injury or accident, fill out an incident report (from RMIT Connect) and hand it in to your school office
  • Report maintenance issues to RMIT Connect
  • Do not perform activities (such as operating machinery) that you have not been trained for

b. Staying safe overseas

c. Partying safely

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