CAUL has released a statement re-affirming its commitment to the Respect.Now.Always campaign and to take action against sexual assault and harassment. Release of this statment coincided with the launch of a report Change The Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017) by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
CAUL, as the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia, pledges its support for Respect.Now.Always.
CAUL is committed to upholding the values of our institutions.
CAUL does not condone sexual harassment in any form, and sexual assault is a crime.
CAUL strives to uphold the position of the university libraries as trusted, safe spaces.
CAUL is committed to the principles of Respect.Now.Always as advocated by Universities Australia:
- every student should feel safe as they work towards their degree or diploma; and,
- every student who reports sexual violence should receive a compassionate, timely and fair response. CAUL will exercise leadership and uphold these principles to ensure:
- That institutional information about on-campus safety and support is visible and accessible within the library.
- That library staff are equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge to respond with compassion and support.
- That university libraries work closely with student leaders and the university community to address on-campus safety and lead cultural change regarding sexual assault and harassment.
Margie Jantti CAUL President 9 August 2017