The University of Newcastle: A safe and respectful community

We believe that the University of Newcastle is a safe and welcoming community.

We demonstrate this through our Code of Conduct and the University’s values of honesty, fairness, trust, accountability and respect.

As students, we have an expectation that the University of Newcastle is a place where we will learn, interact, and engage in a safe and respectful space. The University has worked with students, both online and in person, to create The University of Newcastle’s Commitment to a Safe and Respectful Community.

As part of this commitment, we have also identified behaviours which are not acceptable in our community. Led by students, the #noroomfor campaign is our definitive statement of what is unacceptable at the University of Newcastle.

As a member of the University community, you can contribute your ideas to this conversation, helping us to continually define what ‘safe and respectful’ means to you.

Thank you to all the students who contributed to this project, online and in person, as well as Yourimbah, NUPSA, and NUSA for their partnership in this initiative. Thanks also to Student Living, NuSport, The University of Newcastle Rugby Union Club and the Wollotuka Institute for their support in promoting the project.

*The University of Newcastle’s Commitment to a Safe and Respectful Community is an initiative of the NeW Education Framework.

Video: Community Commitment from the Students of UON

Respect. Now. Always

In early 2016, Universities Australia launched the Respect. Now. Always. initiative, to address the issue of sexual assault and harassment in university communities.

This led to the nation-wide student survey conducted in 2017 by the Australian Human Rights Commission: Change the Course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian Universities, receiving 30,930 responses in total, including 623 responses from University of Newcastle students.

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Campus Care 4921 8600

Campus Care 4921 8600

If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of harm, have felt unsafe or threatened, or have experienced any form of sexual assault or harassment, Campus Care can assist.

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*Campus Care is not an emergency service. For any immediate threat to safety, contact the Security Services team on 4921 5888; or 000 if it is a life threatening emergency.


  • Our primary concern is the safety and support of anyone who may have experienced harm or is at risk of harm.
  • You can report incidents or concerns through the online reporting portal, OR contact Campus Care to make a report in person.
  • If you are concerned for your immediate safety, contact Security Services, or in life threatening situations contact 000
For further information on how reports to the University are managed, please visit our FAQs on Reporting.

Free Translating and Interpreting Service

A free interpreting service is available for people who do not speak English. This service can be used with selected organisations, including Lifeline, the UON Crisis Support Line, UON Counselling and emergency services.

To access this service, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask to talk to the organisation you need (e.g., Lifeline on 13 11 14) in the language required. TIS will then call the organisation, and provide translation.

A call to Translating and Interpreting Service is the cost of a local call from landlines (additional charges apply for mobiles).

Related Services

Security Services

The University provides trained security officers to help ensure you and your property are safe on campus. Security services are available on all campuses.

Equity and Diversity Coordinator

The Equity and Diversity Coordinator is available for consultation to develop and implement equity and diversity strategies across the university; support for student initiatives to promote inclusion; and advice on where to go for student support.

Student Living Health and Wellbeing Coordinator

A dedicated staff member for on-campus residents, the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator supports residents with any concerns to their health and welfare, or concerns regarding the health and welfare of other residents. All matters are handled with sensitivity and confidentiality.

Student Support Services

The University of Newcastle offers numerous support services in both the academic and non-academic space. See how we can best support your success.


As a university and a community, we do not condone any behaviours that threaten the safety or learning experience of our students and staff.

We believe that through education, reporting, and responding, we can continue to support a positive and respectful environment.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.