Sexual Harassment, Assualt and Misconduct

As a student of QIHE, you have the right to feel safe and secure at all times and to be able to participate in all aspects of QIHE campus life. We believe that unwanted sexual attention including harassment, stalking and assault can prevent a student from fully participating in student life.
Behaviour that is intimidating, abusive, disrespectful, or threatening, including instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape is not acceptable within our community or on our campus. If you experience an incident, we have services to provide support and can help you report the incident if you want to.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual act or behaviour that makes someone feel uncomfortable, threatened or frightened. It is behaviour that they haven’t consented to and is an abuse of entitlement and/or power. It can take many forms, including exposure to sexual acts, touching and rape.
Sexual assault can happen to people of all ages, genders and sexualities, within or outside a relationship. Sexual assault is a crime and is never the fault of the person who has experienced sexual violence.

You can find more information on sexual assault and harassment at

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which a reasonable person would expect will make the recipient feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be verbal, non-verbal, written, graphic or physical. Depending on nature of the harassment, this can sometimes amount to sexual assault


Stalking is repeated conduct or actions by a person, intended to exercise control and power over, or maintain contact with, another person. It is done against the recipients’ will and causes intimidation or fear. This can include:

  • repeated or unwanted contact by phone, text, email or social media
  • following or watching someone
  • leaving unwanted items or gifts for someone.

Repercussions for committing sexual assault

Sexual assault is a crime and can result in severe criminal penalties according to the law.

QIHE does not tolerate any unlawful conduct, and according to the Student Academic and Non-academic Procedure, a student found in breach may face consequences including fines, suspension and expulsion. Staff or affiliates found in breach may face disciplinary action or termination of employment. QIHE is bound under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) to make a report to the Police in many cases of serious offences, including sexual assault.

Learn more about your responsibilities under the Student Code of Conduct, Equity and Diversity Policy, Student Grievances and Appeals Procedure and Student Academic and non-academic Procedure.

If you are concerned about your behaviour, there is information and help available.

  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) provide anonymous experienced counselling services
    24/7 and connect you with support services in your area.
  • MensLine provide 24/7 counselling services for men who are dealing with issues of

If you need help

  • In an emergency, contact emergency services by dialling triple zero (000).
  • If you feel unsafe on campus or are concerned for someone else’s safety, you can
    contact Student Support Officer on + xxxxxxxxxx during office hours 9 am to 5 pm.
    After hours there is 24/7 support and help available by phone or online from:
  • 1800 Respect: 1800 737 732 or
  • Or
  • The Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120
  • If you would like to talk to someone about an incident involving sexual assault, you can call our Student Support Officer service on +xxxxxxxxx from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. When you call, we can connect you with other QIHE support services during business hours (9 am to 5 pm) and 24-hour telephone help from the QLD Rape Crisis Centre.
  • Alternatively, you can call QLD Rape Crisis Centre directly, on 1800 010 120.