[ASA] National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017)

Stuart Wyithe swyithe at unimelb.edu.au
Wed Aug 2 15:57:34 AEST 2017

The Astronomical Society of Australia joins the Australian University community in its deep concern regarding the findings of the "Change The Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017)" report, released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Sexual harassment and assault are not to be tolerated at any level of academia. University students are the lifeblood of university communities, and the degree to which university students in Australia have reported widespread and recent abuses is truly alarming. The ASA recognises that the majority of Australian astronomers are employed or undergoing study in the university environment. We therefore welcome the production and release of this report, for the academic and wider communities to fully appreciate the depth of the problem.

The ASA endorses the detailed recommendations of the "Change The Course” report. We urge members of our community who supervise staff and students in our Universities to ensure that all members of their department or group receive appropriate education regarding the range of behaviours that constitute sexual assault and sexual harassment, and about the support services and reporting processes available at each institution.

We remind members that the Astronomical Society of Australia has a code of ethics that its members must adhere to (http://asa.astronomy.org.au/code_of_ethics.php<http://asa.astronomy.org.au/code_of_ethics.php>) and an anti-harassment code of conduct for all ASA-affiliated meetings and events (http://asa.astronomy.org.au/code_of_conduct.php<http://asa.astronomy.org.au/code_of_conduct.php>). The IDEA Chapter of the ASA has also compiled a page discussing the problem of harassment (https://asa-idea.org/resources-to-take-action/anti-harassment-advice/) where further information can be accessed by the ASA community.

Stuart Wyithe

President, ASA

Professor Stuart Wyithe | Head, School of Physics

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