Safety and Wellbeing

Safety and Wellbeing

All members of our university community have a right to feel welcome, respected and safe. At James Cook University, we are committed to ensuring that our working and learning environment is free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The behaviour of each and every one of us can support this in a positive way. If you witness behaviour on campus or online that is inappropriate, or could compromise another person’s safety or well-being, you should report it. When it is safe to do so, you should also speak up to support and look after your friends, colleagues and others.

James Cook University is also partnering with other Australian universities in a national initiative lead by Universities Australia. The Respect. Now. Always. campaign highlights the determination of Australia's universities to ensure students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Students or Staff who need immediate support are encouraged to call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). This line is available 24/7 and is staffed by qualified counsellors. 

Students can also call a national support line on 1800 572 224. This is part of a series of initiatives implemented by Universities Australia. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until 30 November 2017 and is run by specialist trauma counselling service, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. More information is available here

For further support, including emergency support please see ‘Report an incident'