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1 November 2021

Want to be a force for good at Deakin? Here’s how

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.

While you’re here, we ask you to help us make these values a reality. Here’s how you can do it.

Tick iconStudy honestly

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.

Tick iconActively contribute to our positive culture

It’s our collective responsibility to challenge views that condone violence, disrespect, power imbalances and inequity.

To foster a respectful, safe and inclusive learning environment, all commencing students are expected to complete the Respectful Behavour module, which you’ll find in the units section of DeakinSync and on Cloud Deakin. Email [email protected] with any questions or feedback.

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.

Tick iconCelebrate diversity

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.

Tick iconLook after yourself and each other

Your safety is one of our highest priorities. Before you visit campus, download the free SafeZone App, which will connect you directly to Deakin Security if you need first aid or help in an emergency, or would like to talk to someone in less urgent situations.

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 (no matter when or where it happened); to report family violence or problem behaviour; or to access support. All assistance is confidential (unless required by law).

Tick iconHave the jab

We all want Deakin to be the safest possible environment for study and work. With this in mind, we’re setting out to ensure that Deakin will be a fully vaccinated study and work environment for all staff and students, and we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. 

Being vaccinated not only helps to protect you, your loved ones and your community, it will also give you access to a much wider range of University activities, including on-campus classes and events.

From Monday 31 January 2022, all students, staff and visitors attending, working or studying on campus will need to be fully vaccinated. Read more about our plans to reopen campus and how we’re keeping our campuses COVIDSafe.

Tick iconSpeak up

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.

Tick iconBe proud

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 3 and happy studying!

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