Respectful Relationships

Ormond College is committed to being a community characterised by respectful relationships. Foundational to such a community is that it is safe and free of sexual violence, harassment and assault. We have a zero tolerance policy to sexual harassment or assault, and our goal has to have zero incidents. We know we still have work to do as a community to deliver on this promise.

We are committed to strategies to create a culture of respectful relationships, ensuring students and staff are informed, and have a well organised and resourced model to respond and provide support if a member of Ormond experiences sexual harassment or assault.

Our strategy to realise this commitment is to:

1. Create a culture of respectful relationships

We do this by:

Creating an overall culture that has respectful relationships as an integral part of it.

  a. We operate on the basis of a values based community model that focuses on every person            taking responsibility for living in the community on the basis of the College’s values and                  embrace their role to work actively to sustain the community built on those values. Integral          to values of Community and Integrity are respectful relationships.

  b. We work to maintain a culture that is supportive of respectful relationships through                        focusing on creating an Orientation Week that is a week of genuine welcome, celebrating              diversity of all kinds, supporting a student culture where all students regard each other as             peers without hierarchy, nurturing a culture of mutual care for physical and mental well-                being, and focusing on responsible management of alcohol.

Encouraging all students to engage in ongoing discussions and activities that support an               environment of respectful relationships.

    a. Over the course of the year, there is a program of educational events featuring guest                     speakers and experts – issues addressed include: respect for sexual diversity, healthy                     relationships, pornography, and other relevant topics.

    b. Participation in gender focus groups and activities, such as OrMa’am and OrMan, and                    related off-campus programs are encouraged.

    c. We maintain an internet pornography filter to emphasise institutional commitment to                   promoting healthy sexuality.

Developing leaders with the skills to support a culture of respectful relationships.

    a. Student leaders are trained by the Full Stop Foundation on “Understanding Sexual Consent           and Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus” and there is a promotion of a culture of                       helping anyone at risk.

    b. Senior staff mentor student leaders, encouraging them to be positive role models and                   honour the responsibilities that leadership entails.

2. Ensure all students have clear information about the College’s approach to respectful relationships and what to do if sexual harassment or assault ever occurs

  • During orientation programs, students are informed about the College’s values regarding respect for others and self, sexual diversity, consent, and safe sex and the importance to never be a bystander.
  • The College’s Fair Treatment policy has standards and processes if a student wants to make a complaint. It is communicated to all students at the start of the year and repeated at specific times during the year.
  • The College Fair Treatment policy and procedures are made readily available on the College’s intranet.

3. Ensure students have an active understanding and the skills to maintain respectful relationships

    a. New students undertake the Epigeum (Oxford University Press) “Consent Matters:                           Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention” online training, which is blended with face to         face workshops.

    b. We run sessions for students to build on these skills and reinforce them such as bystander           prevention training.

4. Provide Professional Support and Response

  • Ormond has professional counsellors to provide advice and pastoral support. The College also provides access to an external psychologist for any student wanting support or advice  from someone unconnected with the College. The College also provides all staff access to  external counsellors through its Employee Assistance Program. The College counsellors are trained by CASA in responding to disclosures of sexual assault.
  • The College’s intranet has a Help page with resources and details of support for victims of  sexual harassment and assault if a student wants to seek external support.
  • The College has a Fair Treatment Policy, which sets out what constitutes sexual assault and harassment and the process to make a complaint. Students are introduced to the policy when they arrive, all students are sent the policy each year and it accessible on the College’s intranet.
  • The College provides access to internal and external professionals trained in Fair Treatment advising.
  • Any student who wishes to go to the Police to make a complaint, or who wants to contact an external body for help or advice, will be given the full support of the College.
  • All complaints will be thoroughly investigated in accordance with College policies, and any student in breach of College values and policies will be required to leave.

5. Ongoing development – Strategy Review

Strategy and policies are regularly reviewed, seeking input from students and staff from across the College, and in consultation with external experts.

Please download a copy of The Residential Colleges and Halls of The University of Melbourne Fair Treatment Policy and Procedures document below.


Fair Treatment Policy and Procedures

The Residential Colleges and Halls of The University of Melbourne Fair Treatment Policy and Procedures

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