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14 June 2022

Be part of the solution: learn about respect and equality in this short online module

How confident are you about navigating your personal and professional relationships? Do you have a good understanding of issues like respect, consent, diversity and gender equality?

As part of your education at Deakin, we want you to think about more than just your studies. It’s also important to consider how can you make a positive contribution and be a force for good, both at uni and in the wider world.

One simple thing you can do is to complete the Respect at Deakin module – a short online unit that discusses some important issues you may encounter during your studies, in the community, at work and at home. Encouraging everyone to think about these matters also helps us to maintain the Deakin standard of a safe, respectful and inclusive learning and working environment.

It’s also beneficial to show future employers that you understand these issues and have developed practical skills to deal with them in the real world. Plus, you can include the module on your LinkedIn profile or CV!

What’s in the module

The module explores some interesting topics, including:

While these are challenging topics, we encourage you to engage with them in an open-minded way and to learn from the perspective of others.

You’ll find some practical suggestions of what you could do if you see someone being disrespectful or abusive. We’ve also included links to some helpful resources and free professional services.

There’s seven main topics, which should take you about 20 minutes to complete – but there’s no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Once you get to the end, you check a box to trigger a completion email and receive your certificate of completion.

Who should complete the module

Everyone! While it’s voluntary (unless you’re an HDR student – please see below) and doesn’t have any credit points attached, we encourage all students to spend 20 minutes educating themselves on these important issues.

If this is your first trimester at Deakin, we suggest you do the module as part of your Orientation and before classes start. But it will be available year-round, so you can access it any time that suits.

Access the module now or find it at any time in DeakinSync under ‘Course sites and useful extras’.

If you’re an HDR student

It’s compulsory for all new and continuing HDR students to complete a 50-minute module that, in addition to the ‘Respect at Deakin’ section, also incorporates a new ‘HDR Respectful Supervisory Relationships‘ section. This replaces the previous ‘HDR Respectful Behaviours module’ and examines key factors that affect the HDR working relationship, including:

As an HDR student, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the combined module, which you’ll find on CloudDeakin, under ‘Course sites and useful extras’. It’s important to know that you won’t be able to submit your thesis until you’ve completed the module.

Content warning

The module does discuss different types of harm, but there’s no explicit material or images included. If you wish to ‘opt out’ of these specific sections or have any feedback, questions or concerns, please email [email protected].

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual harm or family violence, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Deakin’s Safer Community service. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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