Sexual assault and sexual harassment


Southern Cross University is a place where safety and respect for all students, staff and visitors is paramount. We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment.

Sexual assault is a crime

We are committed to:

  • preventing sexual assault and harassment;
  • giving survivors the support they need; and
  • taking appropriate action against perpetrators

Emergency contacts

Emergencies: 000 (Police, Ambulance)

Campus emergency contact details:

Gold Coast
National Marine Science Centre
02 6620 3333 (or 3333)
Coffs Harbour 1800 004 357
Melbourne Campus 03 8888 6565
The Hotel School Melbourne 03 9601 3400
Sydney Campus 0424 729 849
The Hotel School Sydney 02 8249 3200

Or you can use the emergency phones located across the campuses.

Get the Mobile@SCU App.

First of all, get safe and get help. Help is available, 24/7 via phone and online:

  • The National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service provides free and confidential online and telephone counselling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or the 1800RESPECT website

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University counselling and support services

University Crisis Line - 1300 782 676

For students

SCU’s Counselling and Psychological Support Services are available for all students, including those who have experienced sexual assault and harassment (regardless of when that occurred or who was involved).

Confidential in-person, Skype and telephone/SMS support services are available.

Main campuses (including Sydney & Melbourne): (02) 6626 9131 / counselling@scu.edu.au
The Hotel School Sydney: (02) 8249 3227 / thsscounsellor@scu.edu.au
The Hotel School Melbourne: (03) 9601 3400 / thsmcounsellor@scu.edu.au
All students — Out of Hours: 1300 782 676

More information is available from the  website.

For staff

The University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free and confidential counselling to staff and immediate family members.

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Reporting sexual assault

Reporting to the Police

Police are well-trained to provide assistance and advice to people who have been sexually assaulted. Different reporting options are available including the option to report anonymously.

Further information is available at the following websites:

New South Wales



The police can also refer you to crisis support services and counselling.

Reporting to the University

SCU has specific responsibilities to deal with allegations made against our students and staff.
We can and do investigate these reports.

This can mean taking the appropriate action in conjunction with the Police, professional bodies or other government agencies.

Reports about:

We encourage you to report to SCU where you think there might be a connection to the University (including the residential colleges). We strongly advise that you lodge your report after seeking the immediate emergency response and you have any crisis or other support you feel you need.

You can report to the University as follows:

  • complaints@scu.edu.au — to make a complaint; or
  • Briony.Leonard@scu.edu.au — you can contact the Student Safety Support and Wellbeing Coordinator if you would like to discuss any concerns you have about reporting, or you have witnessed concerning behaviour on campus.

These email addresses are monitored during business hours.

If you make a report, we will contact you to explain the process that is involved. This can cover matters such as any request for anonymity or whether the University believes it is obligated to report the incident to the Police or other organisations.

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Relevant policies

Are available at the SCU Policy Library

Respect. Now. Always. campaign

Southern Cross University is part of the national Respect. Now. Always. campaign aimed at raising awareness about and preventing sexual assault and harassment.

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