Leading work to ensure Griffith campuses are safe for students and staff
The Safe Campuses Taskforce was convened by the Vice Chancellor in August 2017. Chaired by Professor Paul Mazerolle, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Arts, Education and Law Group and Director of the Violence Research and Prevention Program, Griffith University. The Taskforce and it's working parties are working hard to ensure the University meets the requirements of the Change the Course and Universities Australia recommendations, and ultimately, to ensure that our campuses provide safe, inclusive and respectful environments for our students and staff.
Change the Course
In 2017 and at the request of Australia’s 39 universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) conducted a national, independent survey of university students to gain greater insight into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.
In August 2017, the AHRC released the results of the survey together with 9 recommendations for Australian universities though the Change the Course report. The wide ranging report, commissioned by Universities Australia (UA) on behalf of universities, has made a total of nine recommendations – eight pertaining to universities and one to on-site residential colleges. Griffith University has committed to implementing the report’s recommendations in full.
In response, Universities Australia also released a 10-point action plan which includes a series of further sector-wide prevention, awareness and support initiatives that Australian universities can draw on to complement the many local initiatives they have underway to prevent and address sexual assault and sexual harassment in student communities.
Reviewing our progress
The University, through the Vice Chancellor, provides periodical updates to both the University Council and the Australian Human Rights Commission which outline both our progress towards each of the recommendations and planned future actions to ensure we can achieve real change.
Taskforce membership comprises staff and student representation as well as relevant external partners.
|Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) – Safe Campuses initiative portfolio lead||Professor Debra Henly|
|Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law) and Chair||Professor Paul Mazerolle|
|Pro Vice Chancellor||Linda O’Brien|
|Director, GUMURRII Student Support Unit||Cheryl Godwell-Pepper|
|Director, Campus Life||Nicola Collier-Jackson|
|Academic Registrar||Kathy Grgic|
|Director, Office of Marketing and Communications||Phillip Stork|
|Senior Consultant, Equity and Inclusion, Human Resources||Marnie King|
|Counsellor, Violence Prevention and Response, Student Services||Lauren Howlett|
|Director, Students Services||Dr Joanna Peters|
|Director, International, Griffith International||Heidi Piper|
|Director, Griffith Graduate Research School||Dr Sharon Saunders|
|Brisbane student representative - Student Representative Council, Nathan||Liam Baker|
|Gold Coast postgraduate student representative||TBA|
|Brisbane/Logan undergraduate student representative - President, Student Representative Council (Nathan)||Melissa Bansraj|
|Gold Coast undergraduate student representative - Student Guild President||Jordan Jansen|
|Brisbane/Logan postgraduate student representative||TBA|
|General Manager, Gold Coast Griffith University Student Guild||Jessica Brown|
|NTEU Nominee||Zoe Rathus AM|
|Together Union nominee||vacant|
|Director and Principal, Griffith College||Leigh Pointon|
|Gold Coast Manager, Campus Living Villages||Maree Wilson|
|Safe Campuses Project Officer||Megan Sharp|