UNE asks Human Rights Commission to review protections against sexual assault and harassment

The University of New England has commissioned the Australian Human Rights Commission to review processes dealing with sexual assault and harrassment in its residential colleges. The university says it is acting on a commitment made in its response to last year’s AHRC report on sexual assault and harrasment across the nation’s universities. Back then VC Annabelle Duncan said, “Sexual harassment and assault are occurring at UNE at higher rates than we understood. These findings are shocking. This sort of behaviour is abhorrent and unacceptable.” The AHRC will hold “an initial consultation,” with UNE residential college students within the month.


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