Sexual Harassment

Safety and Wellbeing Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated, and where that reaction is reasonable in the circumstances.  

Sexual harassment is unlawful when it falls within the relevant statutory definition under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) and/or the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). Indecent exposure and stalking are criminal behaviours.

Examples of sexual harassment

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Displays of sexually graphic materials including posters, cartoons or messages left on noticeboards, desks or common areas
  • Repeated invitations to go out after prior refusal
  • Unwelcome and uncalled for remarks or insinuations about a person's sex or private life
  • Suggestive comments about a person's appearance or body
  • Sexually offensive phone calls
  • Offensive emails and text messages
  • Unwanted sexual attention using internet, social networking sites and mobile phones
  • Sexually offensive screensavers or posters
  • A publication such as sexually offensive emails or graphics
  • Threats online
  • Revenge porn
  • Physical contact such as patting, pinching or touching in a sexual way
  • Unnecessary familiarity such as deliberately brushing against a person
  • Sexual propositions
  • Indecent exposure
  • Stalking
  • Pressuring a student to engage in sexual behaviour for some educational or employment benefit
  • Making a real or perceived threat that rejecting sexual behaviour will carry a negative consequence for the student in education, on-campus residence, or University program or activity

What is not considered sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is not interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual.

Report an incident of sexual harassment to JCU

Anyone can report incidents of sexual harassment to JCU.

Support is available to guide you through this process. Sexual Misconduct Officers provide a single point of contact at JCU for a person who has been subject to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault, or to the manager or person supporting that person.

Sexual Misconduct Officers will assist people to access support and/or make a Report or Complaint in line with the JCU Sexual Harassment Procedure (PDF, 182 KB).

For information about additional support services, visit the support services page.

Anyone can report incidents of sexual harassment to the Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland