MU-Health-Counselling-Service-960x100.jpg

RESPECT.NOW.ALWAYS

Murdoch University is committed to ensuring our community is free from sexual harassment and assault. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not tolerated. This webpage provides information on where to get help if you have been assaulted or know of anyone who has. Remember, you are not alone and will be supported.

If you need emergency assistance, you can contact any of these 24 hour services:

  • Emergency Services – 000
  • Murdoch Campus Security - 9360 7333
  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) 24 hour emergency line for recent sexual assault – 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888
  • Emergency telephone counselling (between 8.30am and 11.00pm daily) – 6458 1828
  • 1800 Respect - 1800 737 732

On Campus, Murdoch University Health Medical and Counselling Service provides a range of services for students and staff. Both services can usually offer appointments within 2 working days and the Medical Service provides walk-in appointments with the University Nurse for urgent situations. For more information and support from the counselling service click here. If you wish to find out more about our medical service, follow this link.

Definitions

How to disclose sexual harm

Murdoch University provides confidential health services who can help you with the physical, psychological and emotional impact of the incident. In addition, their staff may be able to help you access specialist services, make reports and understand University processes.

Medical Service
Phone: 9360 2293
Email: medicalservice@murdoch.edu.au

Counselling Service
Phone: 9360 1227
Email: counsellingservice@murdoch.edu.au

If the situation is urgent and you are at immediate risk, use the Campus Emergency button to open a page to call 000 or Campus Security.

Disclosing sexual harm to the Murdoch University

Students wishing to disclose sexual assault or sexual harassment to the University should do so via the MurdochSafe app or by speaking with a Counsellor at the Counselling Service (contact us). You can disclose the incident/s anonymously however, the more detail you provide the more we will be able to investigate the incident and offer the right sort of follow up.
Scan this code to download the MurdochSafe app.

MurdochSafe QR.jpg

If you choose to provide your contact details, a member of staff from Access, Wellbeing and Equity will contact you to discuss support options and the process for progressing your disclosure to a formal report, if you wish to do so.

Making a formal report to the University

Once you have made a disclosure, a member of staff from Murdoch University Access, Wellbeing and Equity will contact you to discuss your options for support and formal university investigation.
Any reports to the University will be investigated to see how we can make the University a safer place and if there is anything that can be done to prevent further incidents occurring. Reports of sexual harm will be kept confidential and only the information communicated or escalated within the University will be that which the victim has agreed to be shared. Identifiers such as name and student number will be held confidentially within Access, Wellbeing and Equity. 

Not all fields are mandatory but the more information provided, the better the university can respond to it.
Remember – the sexual harassment or assault you have experienced was not your fault. Staff at Murdoch University will always support and listen non-judgmentally to you. If you need to talk to someone urgently you can call the following numbers:

  • SARC - 1800 199 888 / 08 6458 1828
  • National Sexual Assault and Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service - 1800 737 732
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
  • How long with the reporting process take?

    Once the form has been submitted via the MurdochSafe app, you will be contacted by a member from Access, Wellbeing and Equity the next business day to identify options to help you feel safe on campus. When making a formal report, there are a number of factors that will influence how long the process will take.

    A formal report through MurdochSafe will be investigated by the University by an appropriate senior member of staff from Student Management, following the University’s misconduct and/or complaints policies, depending upon the nature of the incident and your request. Every effort will be made to provide a prompt investigation though these can take some time to complete subject to the individual set of circumstances.

  • Potential outcomes from making a report

    The outcomes from reporting will be limited to the area of authority that the University has control over. These are outlined in the University complaints and codes of conduct for staff and students. Whilst the University will do everything they can to support you, there may be instances where they are unable to take direct action against the offender without legal processes in place, such as police reports and/or restraining orders.
    Reporting the incident may also assist the University in making other changes to help provide a safer campus and community for you and others in the future.

Making a formal report to the WA Police or the Sexual Assault Resource Centre

If you use the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) services they can help you decide if you want to make a Police report and support you through the process. SARC is a free service that offers medical, forensic and counselling services. You can phone them on 6458 1828. They can be contacted on (08) 6458 1828.

Murdoch University will support you to make a report to the police for any criminal matter. In instances where the University and Police can work together it will enable us to support you more effectively and respond to any processes (such as use of restraining orders) that the Police may assist you in putting in place.
If you feel able to report the incident to the WA Police (https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Your-Safety/Sexual-assault), phone the police on 131 444 or the Sexual Assault Squad on (08) 9428 1600.

If you feel able to report the incident to the WA Police, phone the police on 131 444 or the Sexual Assault Squad on (08) 9428 1600.

Remember – the sexual harassment or assault you have experienced was not your fault and Murdoch University staff will never judge you as you are a victim of someone else’s actions. If you need to talk to someone urgently you can call the following numbers:

  • SARC - 1800 199 888 / 08 6458 1828
  • National Sexual Assault and Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service - 1800 737 732
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

If you are unsure about making Police reports you can speak confidentially with someone from Sexual Assault and Resource Centre (SARC) or the University Counselling Service.