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  • Writer's picture2022 Global Voices Fellow

Sexual Harassment and Assault at the University of Newcastle: A pilot program to embed the voice of students and staff in policy and decision-making processes

By Adriana Haro, University of Newcastle, CSW, 2021

Dr. Adriana Haro recently completed her PhD at the University of Newcastle and is a part of the iLead Plus program. Her policy paper focuses on Sexual Harassment and Assault at the University of Newcastle.

Executive Summary

In Australia, one in twenty university students have experienced sexual assault, including one in six experiencing sexual harassment since starting university (Heywood et al. 2022:1-2). Despite numerous reports, campaigns and recommendations, sexual based violence is still happening at Australian Universities. This paper contributes two key recommendations to improve transparency and response to sexual based violence at the University of Newcastle, with possible applicable contributions to the wider university sector in Australia.

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