Report an incident of sexual assault
Any UTS student or staff member can report an incident of sexual assault, indecent assault or sexual harassment at any time.
But you don’t have to do it alone. A UTS counsellor can provide you with confidential support and assistance, and discuss with you other steps and options.
You can still access information and support without reporting an incident. However if you do report an incident, in some cases UTS may be required to take action or report to Police.
If you are in immediate danger or need urgent medical attention, please call 000.
Report an incident to UTS
All incidents of sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual harassment can be reported. Options for reporting at UTS include:
- Campus Security
There is 24-hour security on campus at UTS. Security staff can take incident reports concerning your safety and can help you find support services. Visit a Security Office in Building 1, Building 5 or Building 8, or call 1800 249 559 in an emergency.
- Counselling Service
Access support and make a report in person during a counselling appointment. Please note that any urgent concerns for your safety or emergencies should first be made to Campus Security. Call (02) 9514 1177.
- Health Services
Doctors are available on campus to review any health issues and discuss making a report. Call (02) 9514 1177.
As a student or staff member, you can lodge an online report to UTS via the UTS Counselling Service about an incident of sexual assault, indecent assault and/or sexual harassment at any time. If you are in immediate danger or need urgent medical attention please call Emergency Services: 000.
If at any time during this process you would like support or assistance, please call the UTS Sexual Assault Support Line on 1800 531 626 (9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays). The UTS Sexual Assault Support Line is staffed by professionally trained, trauma-informed counsellors 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). UTS Security will respond to calls on this number out of office hours.
Staff Receiving a Sexual Offence/ Sexual Harassment Report
Staff are required to report all disclosures of alleged sexual assault or harassment. Staff can report and get more information on Staff Connect (staff access only, login required).
For more information, including definitions of sexual offences, please visit the Sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual harassment website.
Privacy and confidentiality of your information
The University treats all reports of sexual assault and harassment confidentially. Information relating to a reported sexual assault or harassment incident will be handled in line with the sexual assaults and harassment privacy notice.
Frequently asked questions about reporting to UTS
Do I have to report an incident of sexual assault, indecent assault and/or sexual harassment to UTS?
It is entirely up to you whether you report to UTS. However, you may be required to report to the police. If you do not know whether you need to report to the police, or want to discuss your concerns regarding the matter, you could consider consulting with the UTS Security Manager, the Head of Counselling or the student legal service.
To find your local police station or for more information, please contact the 24 hour NSW Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
Alternatively, you can report a sexual assault anonymously to the Police by completing the SARO Sexual Assault Questionnaire.
What can the University do if I choose not to report an incident?
A UTS counsellor can provide you with confidential support and assistance, and discuss with you other steps and options. This is a free and confidential service.
If I change my mind, can I report an incident at a later date?
Yes, you can report an incident at any time by completing this online form.
If I report an incident of sexual assault, indecent assault and/or sexual harassment what happens within the University?
The University will address the matter respectfully within the context of the individual circumstances. Depending on the category of offence and who is involved, different steps will be taken. In some cases UTS may be required to take action or report to Police. If the matter involves another student, an investigation may be conducted by the Governance Support Unit at UTS. If it involves a staff member, an investigation may be conducted by Human Resources (HR) in collaboration with the Equity and Diversity Unit and the staff member’s supervising area. The Counselling Unit will attempt to contact you on the next working day after you complete your report. They will answer any questions you may have, explain the next steps in the process and then forward the report on to the most appropriate team based on the individual circumstances. The person investigating may need to speak with you about what has happened. You will be offered the support of UTS Security if appropriate, and a UTS counsellor. You may like the support of a family member or a friend through this process, as well as any external supports you may access.
Information relating to a reported sexual assault or harassment incident will be handled in line with the sexual assaults and harassment privacy notice.
What happens next?
The University is unable to make decisions about whether a crime has been committed. Instead, the investigator will consider the matter carefully and whether the University’s rules about behaviour have been broken. The Student Misconduct Appeals Committee (for students) and HR (for staff) will make a decision about the outcome or penalty.
If you have further questions or concerns, please call the UTS Sexual Assault Support Line on 1800 531 626 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays). Alternatively, please call the NSW Rape Crisis Centre (1800 424 017) for telephone counselling, information and support.
Report an incident to the Police
You can choose to report an incident directly to the NSW Police (opens an external site) by visiting your nearest Police Station or calling the 24-hour NSW Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
You can also report anonymously to the Police by completing the SARO Sexual Assault Questionnaire (opens an external site).