Reporting incidents of discrimination and racism

13 February 2020

As expressed in Our values, the ANU community is inclusive, open and respectful. In other words, we do not discriminate and we do not accept discriminatory behaviour. If you should experience or witness such behaviours on campus or in the community we want you to know whom you can talk to about this, how you can be supported, and the ways that you can report these behaviours.

There are many options for support available for students in a variety of difficult situations; you are welcome to speak with the person that you are most comfortable with for support and guidance. Remember too that the ANU Wellbeing and Support Line is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1300 050 327 or if you would prefer to use the text message service you can text 0488 884 170.

Here are some further suggestions-for you as an ANU student -for people to talk to for support and advice.

The Dean of Students provides informal, confidential, and impartial advice about matters that are troubling students. They can provide you with advice and support on how to proceed informally and/or formally. They will be able to advise you on both informal resolutions and on formal reporting to the university. Please rest assured that talking about what has happened to you, or formally reporting an incident to the university or to the police does not have an impact on your visa.

ANUSA and PARSA are available to support you if an incident has occurred, and they can help you with legal issues such as discrimination by landlords or employers.

ANU Respectful Relationships Unit is also available to support students through the provision of information and advice, and a space to debrief following an incident.

If you wish to formally report an incident you can also do so directly to the Australian Federal Police or to the Australian Human Rights Commission for investigation and action.

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