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6 March 2020

Helping you to feel safe at Deakin

Welcome to Trimester 1! We’re thrilled to welcome you to Deakin for the first time or to welcome you back. The start of a new trimester is one of the busiest times on campus, with thousands of new students starting their degrees.

We want everyone to have an enjoyable and successful time at Deakin, which is why we need to highlight the importance of personal safety – both on-campus and in the wider community.

Safety, inclusion and respect are central to our University culture, and we’re always working to implement services that will support your wellbeing.

Staying safe on campus

When you’re on campus, our Deakin Security team works hard to keep you safe by providing regular security patrols and emergency assistance. They’re available to escort you to your car at night and are the first port of call if you see something that makes you uncomfortable. All our officers are also trained first aid responders.

As you begin T1, there’s a couple of easy steps you can take to maximise your personal safety:

Staying safe in the community

Victoria is generally a safe place but unfortunately some people may face discrimination and harassment.

We want you to be safe when you’re travelling to and from campus, and when you’re at home or out and about. Adopting practical safety strategies should reduce the risks and help you to respond effectively if you ever feel unsafe.

Here are some simple ways you can look after yourself:

Staying safe online

It’s important to educate yourself about cybersafety and take some steps to improve your online security. The eSafety Commissioner has lots of information and resources to help you stay safe online, but for a start you should:

Preventing sexual harm

We’re committed to preventing and addressing sexual harm, which is a significant issue for all universities as well as the wider community.

Our Sexual Harm Prevention Program aims to build a strong culture of safety, mutual respect and inclusion to ensure all members of our community can study and work in a safe and supportive environment.

We have established policies and procedures that aim to prevent sexual harm, assault, violence and discrimination. We do not tolerate behaviours that cause people to feel unsafe.

Where to get help

If an incident occurs, we’re here to help you:

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