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24 May 2021

At Deakin, we don’t tolerate poor behaviour

As we head towards the end of the trimester, we want to acknowledge that revision and final assessments can be a stressful period. However, this is no excuse for disrespectful, abusive or intolerant behaviour, either on our campuses or online.

Recently, there have been reports across the University of poor behaviour in both our physical and online spaces, including trolling on social media channels, and disruptive and rude conduct towards other students and staff in places like the library. 

Any behaviour of this type is unacceptable and may have serious consequences. One of the foundations of Deakin’s culture is respect, and all students and staff have the right to considerate behaviour across the University. Our shared spaces should be safe and enjoyable at all times.

Deakin is a place for everyone to succeed, no matter where you’re from or what you’re studying. Together, we can live up to our values. 

How to act respectfully

Being respectful mostly involves common sense and thinking before you act. But remembering some specific principles will help you treat your fellow students, your teachers and other staff properly, both online and on campus:

Don’t risk your degree

Any Deakin student who behaves inappropriately in any face-to-face or online teaching and learning space will be directed to stop the behaviour. If the behaviour continues, the student will be asked to leave. Staff will report discriminatory or offensive language, bullying or harassment to the Student Conduct Team, who investigates allegations of student misconduct.

Formal penalties from the University may affect your grades and enrolment and, in some cases, hinder your degree or future career.

We understand that stress, anxiety or frustration can sometimes be an underlying reason for poor behaviour, and the last year has been very hard on everyone. But as individuals we can choose how we react or behave, especially in shared spaces. Remember that help is always available at Deakin, so if you’re struggling:

What to do if you experience poor behaviour

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