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AIM Policy: Sexual Misconduct
AIM is committed to creating an environment where staff, students, and visitors always feel safe and secure in the learning environment. It is for this reason that AIM has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct in any form.
AIM is committed to creating an environment where staff, students, and visitors always feel safe and secure in the learning environment. It is for this reason that AIM has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct in any form. On campus, online, or in the wider community, sexual misconduct will not be tolerated by the AIM community.
What is sexual misconduct?
Sexual misconduct includes acts of sexual assault and sexual harassment:
- Sexual assault refers to unwanted sexual acts made to another person without their consent, including rape and child molestation. All forms of sexual assault are criminal offences.
- Sexual harassment is any unwelcomed sexual behaviour or conduct that can make a person feel offended, humiliated, intimidated, or otherwise uncomfortable. Acts of sexual harassment can be physical, verbal, or written. They include, but are not limited to, fondling or groping, inappropriate comments or jokes of a sexual nature, and requests for sex.
For more guidance on what constitutes sexual assault or sexual harassment, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
What is consent?
Consent means to agree to something freely. It is important to understand consent because all sexual acts constitute sexual misconduct when one party does not consent. Consent is more than just saying “yes” and there are many circumstances in which a person doesn’t consent to an act. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The person submits to the act out of force or fear of force
- The person submits to the act out of the fear of harm of any type
- The person is asleep or unconscious
- The person is inhibited by alcohol or another drug as to be incapable of consenting to the act
- The person doesn’t say or do anything to explicitly indicate consent to the act
- The person, having given consent earlier, now withdraws their consent to the act
- The person is younger than the legal age of consent. In South Australia and Tasmania, the age of consent is 17. In all other states and territories, the age of consent is 16.
This video helps explain the concept of consent.
Reporting sexual misconduct
All AIM students and staff members can report an incident of sexual assault, indecent assault, or sexual harassment at any time. AIM is committed to supporting students and staff should they experience or witness any incidence of sexual misconduct in the office, on campus, online, or elsewhere.
While AIM would appreciate all incidents of sexual misconduct to be reported, we understand that it is your decision whether you would like to report an incident of sexual misconduct that you have experienced. If you do report an incident of sexual misconduct that you witnessed occur to someone else, please do not provide identifying features (such as their name) of the person without their consent.
Support Contact Details
AIM is committed to providing support to any staff, students, or other individuals who experience sexual misconduct. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff by calling 1300 658 337.
You can find a list of additional support lines below:
- National Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault — 1800 737 732
- NSW Rape Crisis Service — 1800 424 017 (24/7)
- Lifeline — 13 11 14 (24/7)
- AccessEAP — 1800 818 728 (24/7)
For all immediate emergencies, please call 000