Response to sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct includes: sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and intimidation, stalking, and relationship violence.

Getting the help you need

Bond University takes very seriously its responsibility to protect students and staff from sexual misconduct.

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), and other on campus supports
  • 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.

Support services

Bond University strongly encourages individuals who have been sexually assaulted 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 pregnancy. The need for a referral to see a psychologist or mental health nurse may also be identified during the initial assessment.

Individuals who have been sexually assaulted 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 misconduct happened a long time ago, it is still worth speaking to a medical and/or mental health professional to seek assistance.

Emergency Services
Tel: 000

Robina Hospital
2 Bayberry Ln
Robina QLD 4226
Tel: +61 7 5668 6000

Bond University Medical, Psychological and Disability 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

Our team of Psychologists in the Bond University Medical, Psychological and Disability Services Clinic, which is located in Building 9 and is accessible from the Student Court, offer confidential, profession service 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 (i.e. medical, mental and legal avenues).

Offer assistance regarding academic allowances, which take into account potential impact upon your studies, if needed.

You may wish to report an instance of sexual misconduct with Bond University and/or the police.

Instances of sexual misconduct reported to Bond University will be handled in a sensitive, discrete 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 a sexual assault. 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.

Reporting options

On campus

Bond University Campus Security 24/7
Tel: +61 7 5595 1234

Bond University Medical, Psychological and Disability Services
Tel: +61 7 5595 4002

Off campus

Robina Police Station
Tel: +61 7 5656 9111

Robina Hospital
Tel: +61 7 5668 6000

The Queensland Police Service provides an efficient, effective and professional service to the survivors of sexual misconduct.

If you are thinking of reporting to the police it may help you to know that:

  • It is your choice to decide whether you wish to proceed with a formal complaint. No pressure will be placed on you to do so and you will be provided with information to assist in making an informed decision.
  • The police will first assess your immediate safety, medical and psychological needs. 
  • The police will then take a detailed statement. This is one of the most important steps in the investigation process and it may take a number of hours to complete. This process will result in a hard copy statement being compiled for you to sign under oath. This statement will be used in any court proceeding that may occur.
  • If an assault has recently occurred and you have presented at a police station for help, please do not shower or bathe, wash or destroy the clothing you wore during the assault, and do not disturb the physical environment where the assault occurred.
  • It may be a good idea to take a change of clothes and shoes to the police station as some items you are wearing may be required as evidence.
  • Even if some time has passed or an incident happened a long time ago, it is still worth speaking to the police.

Read more about reporting to the police.

Read more about sexual misconduct and consent.

Bond University can provide immediate support and protection to an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct.

Examples of interim measures include:

  • no-contact directives
  • accommodation or office relocation
  • adjustment of subject schedules or workplace schedules
  • a leave of absence from class or work, and
  • security escorts on campus grounds.

Initial investigations into sexual misconduct between students are undertaken under the direction of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor ( Students and Academic Support).

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 matters of sexual misconduct between students are unable to be resolved through the office of Students and Academic Support, as is the case with any serious allegation or complaint of misconduct, the matter will be referred to a Disciplinary Board hearing. The way in which that process works is detailed in the discipline regulations.  

Possible sanctions for students found responsible for sexual misconduct include 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.