RESPECT. NOW. ALWAYS.

“Safety and respect has always been central to the University of Southern Queensland’s culture which is why USQ has partnered with a national campaign – Respect. Now. Always.”Sexual assault Respect Now Always – Professor Thomas.

Australia’s universities have launched a major new campaign to prevent sexual assault and harassment, in a ground-breaking initiative across the sector.

The campaign highlights the determination of Australia’s universities to ensure that students and staff are safe from unwelcome behaviour.

“The campaign seeks to prevent assault and harassment by raising awareness, support students in need of help, and give bystanders the confidence to speak up. We all have a role to play to ensure our university communities are places of respect – now and always,” Professor Thomas said.

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe and need assistance, there are a number of people you can call.   If you are on campus, and need emergency assistance, please contact USQ Security.

If you need emergency assistance off campus, contact ‘000’ for Police, Fire or Ambulance assistance.

If you are an international student and you need help for an issue that is not an emergency, you can contact the International Student Assistance Hotline: 1800 689 410. This is available to International Students 24 hours a day and is a free call from landlines in Australia.

Safety tips

  • Whenever possible, travel with your friends or in groups
  • Walk in well lit areas even if it means your trip is longer
  • When you are headed to your car/house, have your keys ready in your hand
  • Try to keep people informed of your whereabouts and when they might expect you back home
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know
  • Watch out for your friends and if you are concerned about them, check that they are ok or ask someone for advice.

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