The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Independent review of residential colleges at the University of New England details the Commission’s key findings on the prevalence and nature of sexual assault and sexual harassment at the seven residential colleges of the University of New England (UNE). The findings and recommendations are based on analysis of the data collected through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, written submissions and a survey.
The review follows the Commission’s 2017 release of Change the course: National report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities (Change the course). Change the course reported on the results of a national survey of more than 30,000 university students from all 39 Australian universities, as well as qualitative information gathered from over 1800 submissions.
Recommendation 9 of Change the course states that residential colleges and university residents should commission an independent, expert led review of the factors which contribute to sexual assault and sexual harassment in these settings.