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9 November 2020

This is what Deakin stands for – will you help us live our values?

At Deakin, we pride ourselves on our values and we celebrate diversity. Our culture is defined by safety, inclusion and respect. We want every student to feel protected and supported, and to study in an environment that fosters academic and personal achievement.

Every member of the Deakin community has a role to play in living these values, including you. This is even more important as we meet the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the way we live, study and connect.

Making your mark at Deakin is about more than study success. You can contribute to our University in other positive ways, even as we study online in Trimester 3 and have reduced access to campus.

Be responsible

We don’t want to see any inappropriate behaviour in our working, learning and residential environments. Our Student Code of Conduct and Rights and Responsibilities outline the expectations we have of each other, and explain core behaviours of cooperation, honesty and integrity.

One of your most important responsibilities as a student is academic integrity and all commencing students are automatically enrolled in a compulsory unit on this topic. You’ll find it in the My Units tab of DeakinSync.

Be respectful

As a University community, it’s our collective responsibility to address unacceptable attitudes and behaviours. This includes challenging attitudes that condone violence, disrespect, power imbalances and inequity.

To support this aim, all commencing students are expected to complete the online Respectful Behaviour module. The module fosters a respectful, safe and inclusive learning and working environment by examining issues such as human rights, gender equality, gender-based violence, respectful relationships and consent.

Completing this module, which you’ll find in the units section of DeakinSync and on Cloud Deakin, will give you the knowledge to navigate some complex situations that you may face either at university or later on in life.

Be aware

Through education and leadership, we aspire to create a culture where students and staff can speak up and share their diverse experiences, ideas and perspectives.

To ensure everyone feels a strong sense of belonging, our Diversity and Inclusion programs seek to drive gender equity, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, cultural diversity, disability access and inclusion, and student access and participation.

Be safe

Your safety is one of our highest priorities. Our security team works tirelessly to keep all our spaces safe, even while campus access is restricted.

If you do need to visit campus, remember to download the free SafeZone App, which will connect you directly with security services when you need them. Use the app to get help in an emergency, call for first aid or just talk to a friendly voice in less urgent situations. You also need to know how to keep our campuses COVIDSafe.

As you study from home, be vigilant about scams and cybersecurity, and learn how to stay safe online. It’s particularly important that our online learning environment is inclusive and enjoyable for all.

We’re also committed to preventing and addressing sexual harm, which is a significant issue for all universities as well as the wider community. Contact Safer Community to report or make a disclosure of sexual harm (recent or historical, and either on- or off-campus); to report domestic family violence or problem behaviour; or to access support. All assistance is confidential.

If you’d like to find out more about how to support someone who has experienced disrespectful behaviour, we have some handy resources available. To access our online student training module, or to arrange a training session for your student group, just email [email protected]

Be vocal

If you come across any behaviour that doesn’t align with our values, policies and procedures, or is outside the student or staff code of conduct, speak up!

The Student Conduct Team investigates allegations of poor student behaviour, conduct issues and policy breaches. If you see or experience poor online behaviour – from offensive or discriminatory language or actions to bullying or harassment – you can easily report it to the Student Conduct Team.

Harassment and discrimination contact officers (HDCOs) are also trained to assist students with issues of discrimination, harassment or bullying. A network of over 75 staff across every campus acts as HDCOs.

For urgent or immediate help with problem behaviour, or if someone is in imminent danger, contact Deakin Security on 1800 062 579 or Victoria Police on Triple Zero (000).

You can also be a positive force for change by learning how to become an active bystander. Our free training gives you tools for dealing with difficult situations – for example, a joke or remark that makes you feel uncomfortable or constitutes sexual harassment – in a practical and positive way. Email [email protected] to find out more about upcoming training.

Be proud

We want you to enjoy studying at Deakin and be proud graduates at the end of your journey. Help us ensure that our University remains a welcoming, respectful and progressive place now and in the future.

Have an enjoyable Trimester 3 and best of luck with your studies!

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