This is a message from the leadership team of the Australian National University College of Engineering and Computer Science. We have all been university students and we have taken on our leadership roles because of our collective belief that a good university experience can transform lives and societies.
We want to acknowledge the courage and strength of the people who have told their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault to the Human Rights Commission. We want to thank those who have supported the survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault at universities, whichever university that might have been.
These are hard stories to hear. We should have been better listeners and we are sorry that it took a national survey for us to start this conversation.
We understand that new stories may emerge, and we will listen with compassion. We understand that some people may not wish to tell their stories, and we will respect that.
Engineering and Computing figure as disciplines in the national story of sexual harassment and sexual assault at Australian universities. To be absolutely clear, we do not consider this to be acceptable and it is not a reflection of our core beliefs or principles. We are committed to meaningful action that leads to lasting change - for our people and on behalf of our professions. We know that this will take time and work.
As Brian Schmidt, our Vice-Chancellor has recently said,
We must be a community where every member can fully participate in the life of the University and where every member of our community takes responsibilities for their behaviour and actions.
Being part of the ANU community means acting and behaving in a way that is consistent with a set of fundamental values.
- We are inclusive, open and respectful, reflecting the diversity of our nation;
- We are committed to integrity and ethical behaviour; and
- We value, enable, reward and celebrate collegiality.
These are the core values that we uphold as members of the ANU community and the price of membership to our community is adherence to them.
We affirm that position and undertake to hold ourselves, our colleagues and our students to those standards.
Elanor Huntington, Alistair Rendell, Saman Halgamuge, Thushara Abhayapala, Leanne Cambridge, Jochen Trumpf, Steve Blackburn, Dan MacDonald, Genevieve Bell, Fiacre Rougieux