A SEXUAL consent program aimed at educating university students was launched at Charles Sturt University this week, with almost 800 students completing the compulsory course.
CSU developed the unique face-to-face training for key student groups to improve communication about sexual relationships and skills in bystander response.
The course is part of the University’s commitment to an affirmative response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) national report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities which was released in August 2017.
The CSU-developed face-to-face training, Playing Right, which is being rolled out through the University’s Residence Life team, is in addition to the online training program for staff and students, Consent Matters, which is being implemented by universities across Australia.
CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Ms Jenny Roberts said the face-to-face and online training programs being introduced in 2018 for University staff and other student groups is a key part of the University’s zero tolerance approach to sexual assault and sexual harassment.
“This remains an important issue for the University. Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual harassment is not acceptable.
“This program developed by Charles Sturt University staff will improve the opportunity for us to have greater impact about issues of communication, consent and relationships, with our new students who need that extra level of support and guidance in navigating the transition to on-campus life.
“We want all Charles Sturt University students to be able to enjoy their time at university and have fun, but above all be safe and at all times respectful.”
For third year student, Bernadette Flannery, the face-to-face training was fantastic.
“It wasn’t like a traditional program.”
Josh Decent, studying education, agreed.
“It’s different to a lot of other programs, I felt it spoke to students at a student level, it didn’t come from a person in a position who doesn’t know what’s happening on campus.”
Suzanne Shaw, a third year student said the program was fun and interactive.