How to make your mark at Deakin
Being a Deakin student is about more than just getting a degree. We’re a community that celebrates diversity and promotes a culture of safety, inclusion and respect. Everyone should feel protected and supported, and study in an environment that fosters academic and personal achievement.
So while you’re here, we ask you to help us make these words a reality. Here’s how you can do it.
Our core behaviours are cooperation, honesty and integrity. The Student Code of Conduct and Rights and Responsibilities explain these expectations, which apply both to individual students and the University as a whole.
The foundation of your study should be academic integrity, and all commencing students are automatically enrolled in a compulsory unit on this topic. You’ll find it in the units section of DeakinSync.
Reject unacceptable attitudes and behaviours
It’s our collective responsibility to challenge views that condone violence, disrespect, power imbalances and inequity.
Our Respectful Behaviour module examines issues such as human rights, gender equality, gender-based violence, respectful relationships and consent. To foster a respectful, safe and inclusive learning environment, all commencing students are expected to complete this module, which you’ll find in the units section of DeakinSync and on Cloud Deakin. Email [email protected] with any questions or feedback.
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 – like a joke that makes you feel uncomfortable or constitutes sexual harassment – in a practical and positive way. Email [email protected] for information on upcoming training.
We want Deakin to be a place 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, respectful behaviours, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, cultural diversity, disability access and inclusion, and student access and participation.
Look after yourself and each other
Your safety is one of our highest priorities. Our security team works tirelessly to keep all our physical spaces safe. If you do visit campus, download the free SafeZone App, which will connect you directly to security services if you need first aid or help in an emergency, or would like to talk to someone in less urgent situations. You also need to know how to keep our campuses COVIDSafe.
As you continue with blended study, be vigilant about online abuse, cyberbullying, scams and cybersecurity, and learn how to stay safe online.
We’re also committed to preventing and addressing sexual harm. 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 (unless required by law).
If you see any behaviour that doesn’t align with our values, policies and procedures, or is outside the Student Code of Conduct, call it out if it is safe to do so.
For urgent or immediate help with problem behaviour, or if someone is in imminent danger, contact Deakin Security or Victoria Police on Triple Zero (000).
If you see or experience poor online behaviour – from offensive or discriminatory language or actions to bullying or harassment – please report it to the Student Conduct Team. They investigate allegations of poor student behaviour, conduct issues and policy breaches.
Harassment and discrimination contact officers (HDCOs) are trained to assist students with issues of discrimination, harassment or bullying. There are 75 HDCOs working across every campus.
We want you to enjoy your time here and be proud graduates at the end of your journey. Help us to keep Deakin a welcoming, respectful and progressive place now and in the future.
Enjoy Trimester 2 and happy studying!