A disclosure using the ANU Sexual Misconduct Form (more info in next section) allows you to let the ANU know - either directly or supported by someone - that you have experienced or witness sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. The disclosure can be about an incident:
- That happened on-campus or off-campus
- That occurred recently or historically
- That involved someone related to the ANU, or where the alleged perpetrator has no relationship with the ANU.
- You are in control of how much information you provide in the disclosure form about your experience.
- Lodging a disclosure with the ANU does not prevent you from also looking at your reporting options both within the ANU and directly to the Police.
Reporting means making an official complaint in a documented process. Reporting to ANU means that ANU will review the allegation and decide whether to proceed with an enquiry under a particular Policy or the Discipline Rule. A report under the Discipline Rule is lodged with the University Registrar's Office.
Reporting to Police means giving as much information as possible to begin a police investigation. You can meet with the police to talk about the reporting process before you decide whether you want to make an official report. There is no time limit on reporting: you can make a report no matter how long ago the incident took place.
Disclosure to ANUSA
If you’re not sure what step to take next, or if you’re not comfortable talking to University staff, you can seek support and/or discuss your options with an ANUSA Student Assistance Advisor. This service is free and confidential. The Advisors are professional staff, not current students, and are independent from the ANU.