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A Community of Respect

We value and expect a high standard of conduct from all Trinity College students and staff.

Trinity College is committed to providing a welcoming community in which all members feel respected, safe and supported, and in which our students can thrive and grow academically and personally. 

We welcome the increasing recognition in our society of the issue of sexual harassment, sexual violence and antisocial behaviours. These behaviours are unacceptable and have no place at Trinity College.

As a residential and academic community, we set a high standard of excellence for both students and staff. Trinity has a zero tolerance approach to behaviour that demeans, harasses, discriminates, exploits or results in assault. Trinity College has a prompt, appropriate and rigorous institutional approach to antisocial behaviour which includes:

  • clear and accessible referral pathways for reporting incidents, and robust policies and procedures to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment or antisocial behaviour
  • code of conduct training for all students
  • mandatory training in sexual consent and bystander intervention for all Residential College students 
  • enforcement of the student code of conduct, which clearly sets out the standards of expected behaviour and specifies a range of responses, up to and including permanent exclusion from Trinity College and/or referral to the police.

In the situation where transgression of a code of conduct occurs, the College responds promptly to ensure the wellbeing and safety of those involved by providing pastoral care and support.

At Trinity, we encourage our students to be thoughtful and respectful citizens. We regularly review our practices and actively seek input from students, staff and internal and external experts to ensure that Trinity continues to follow current best practice in this area. In 2018, for instance, Trinity College commissioned a review of the culture of the Residential College.

The University of Melbourne also has a register that allows students to anonymously report inappropriate behaviour experienced or witnessed at the University. We encourage students, staff and visitors to use this online form to help the University better understand the scope and nature of these behaviours and develop, implement and evaluate preventative efforts.

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