If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 000 for Police.
If you or someone else needs immediate medical attention call 000 for Ambulance.
Sexual misconduct includes: sexual harm, sexual exploitation and intimidation, stalking, and relationship violence.
Bond University takes very seriously its responsibility to respond to sexual harm.
If you choose to contact us for support please know:
- we will take what you say seriously
- we will respect your feelings and listen to you without judgement
- we will provide you with information regarding specialist help (i.e. access to medical and mental health professionals), both on and off campus
- we will endeavour to take reasonable action regarding your ongoing safety
- we will keep you informed of the University’s process if a report of sexual misconduct results in an investigation by the University
- assistance to report externally if that is what you need.
Supporting your physical wellbeing
If you are in immediate harm, get to a safe place and contact emergency services on 000.
Bond University strongly encourages individuals who have been sexually harmed to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may have injuries that require treatment, and there may be a need to test for sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy.
Individuals who have been sexually harmed may wish to preserve evidence for the use of legal purposes, and should go to a hospital or medical facility immediately to seek medical examination and evidence collection. Local hospitals can perform a forensic examination (i.e. rape kit) as well as treat injuries. The closest hospital to Bond University’s campus is Robina Hospital.
If there is a suspicion that your drink may have been drugged, inform a medical practitioner as soon as possible (within a 24-hour period) so an attempt to collect possible evidence via a urine sample can be made.
However, even if some time has passed or the incident happened a long time ago, it is still worth speaking to a medical and/or mental health professional to seek assistance.
Bond University Wellbeing Services
Located on Bond University’s campus
Level 1, Student Court, Building 9 (See location 9 on the Campus Map).
Monday-Friday, 8.30am - 5pm
Tel: +61 7 5595 4002
For a list of after-hours medical services, please click here.
Supporting your emotional wellbeing
Our team of psychologists in the Bond University Medical Clinic offer confidential, professional services and are available to:
- Listen to what you have to say
- Help you access useful resources on and off campus
- Inform you of your options
- Offer assistance regarding academic allowances, which take into account the potential impact on your studies, if needed
There are a number of external support services available to you, which are listed here.
Disclosing or making a formal report
You may wish to report an instance of sexual harm with Bond University and/or the police or disclose to a trusted ally.
Instances of sexual harm reported to Bond University will be handled in a sensitive, discreet and impartial manner. Counselling support services will be offered throughout this process. Even if you do not wish to make a report you may still access support services at any time.
Bond University has a legal obligation to contact the police on behalf of all minors (under 18 years of age) who report experiencing sexual harm. Legal adults (18 years and over) may make their own choice in regards to police involvement, except when evidence brought forward indicates that the broader safety of the community could be in jeopardy. Such instances evoke Bond University’s Duty of Care and we reserve the right to take the case forward to the Police.
For more information on the difference between disclosing and reporting, and to report sexual harm, please click the button below.
Interim measures, investigation and response
Bond University can provide support to an individual who has experienced sexual harm.
Examples of interim measures may include:
- no-contact directives
- accommodation or office relocation
- adjustment of subject schedules or workplace schedules
- academic submission adjustment
- a leave of absence from class or work, and
- security escorts on campus grounds.
The Chief Integrity Officer will lead any investigation conducted into sexual harm matters raised by students.
Staff investigations are undertaken by or at the direction of the Human Resources Office.
During the investigation process both parties are invited to provide a statement of events, which may include witness statements and other relevant information. The sharing of this information will be limited to those needed to resolve the matter.
Where allegations of sexual harm between students are unable to be resolved with appropriate University support, as is the case with any serious allegation or complaint of misconduct, these matters will be referred to a Disciplinary Board hearing. The way in which that process works is detailed in the Student Code of Conduct Policy.
Possible sanctions for students found responsible for general misconduct vary from education through to restriction of access, University probation, suspension or expulsion from the University.
Please note that the University’s ability to proceed with an internal disciplinary investigation depends on the particular circumstances of each case. In some instances disciplinary action may not be possible. The University will still, however, provide you with counselling and other support considered appropriate in the circumstances.
Supporting someone who has been impacted by sexual harm
If someone discloses sexual harm to you it means they have identified you as someone they feel safe with. Here are some useful tips on supporting the person disclosing as well as the person responding.
Supporting someone who is alleged to have harmed another person
If someone you know has reached out to you for support after being named as a respondent in a complaint of sexual harm, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harm, it is often difficult to process how you should respond. All students are entitled to a fair and equitable process of discovery and providing assistance to someone seeking your support is part of this process.
You can download the 'Supporting someone who is alleged to have harmed another person' PDF resource by clicking the button below.