ANU MEDIA RELEASE: Review of ANU campus residences begins

Friday, May 25, 2018 — The Australian National University (ANU) has announced Nous Group will undertake the review of the University’s student residences, in response to a recommendation of the Change the Course national report.

The independent review will look into the factors which contribute to sexual assault and sexual harassment in student residences on the ANU campus.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the independent review will be guided by the advice of the expert panel compiled by Nous Group, which includes Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders from ACT Policing, and retired Vice Admiral Russell Crane who has extensive experience in responding to sexual misconduct in institutional settings.

“The review will explore the culture within individual residences – both ANU owned and managed and affiliated residences – and examine the role hazing, alcohol and other factors play in sexual assault and sexual harassment,” Professor Schmidt said.  

“The consultants will also examine how student residences respond to reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment including the adequacy of training of staff and students.”

Nous Group have a proven track record of conducting reviews in respectful and trauma-informed manner, and have an understanding of institutional restorative practices.

“ANU is focused on doing everything we can to ensure our campus is safe for our students, staff and community.

“This review will help us develop a better understanding of what is occurring in our residences and provide us with recommendations to help us create lasting change to improve the safety of students living and studying at our university,” Professor Schmidt said.

ANU accepted all nine recommendations of the report prepared by the Australian Human Rights Commission, released in 2017.

The review is expected to take six months and the final report is due at the end of November 2018. 

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