Learn more about threatening or inappropriate behaviour and available support.
At RMIT, we are committed to providing a respectful and safe place to study and work.
If you are feeling unsafe or unsure what to do about threatening or unwanted behaviour, you can talk to us about your concerns and options - even if the behaviour happened off-campus.
If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted or threatening behaviour - including sexual harassment or assault - we can help.
When you contact Safer Community, we will:
Student Portal (Student Connect Online Portal)
Please note that we are not an emergency service. If you or others feel at risk or consider the situation to be an emergency, please call the International SOS 24/7 Assist on (028 3824 0555). If you are on campus, alert Campus Safety and Security on 0901 855 528
We want everyone who works and studies at RMIT to feel safe, comfortable and respected.
If you have experienced threatening or concerning behaviour or you are worried about someone else we want to help.
Learn more about threatening or inappropriate behaviour and which support options are available.
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:
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:
Bullying is not:
Cyber bullying can take many forms, including:
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:
Sexual assault can include:
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:
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.
Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which makes a person feel:
It’s not ok to behave this way. It’s not ok to be treated this way
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:
Victimisation is subjecting, or threatening to subject, someone to something detrimental because they have:
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 to talk you through your options and help you get the most useful support for your situation.
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. These services might contact Safer Community for case management and advice if necessary.