CSU acknowledge staff effort to address sexual harassment on campus

RED AWARDS: Orange City Council's Russell Turner presented CSU's Terri-Lee Duffy with an award to recognise her contribution to a cross campus Playing Right Program initiative. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718jkcsu6

RED AWARDS: Orange City Council's Russell Turner presented CSU's Terri-Lee Duffy with an award to recognise her contribution to a cross campus Playing Right Program initiative. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718jkcsu6

The release of a damning national report in 2017 unveiled a culture of sexual harassment on university campuses which caused an uproar from students, educators and the public who demanded a change.

On Wednesday, Charles Sturt University (CSU) recognised the work of Terri-Lee Duffy who worked with coordinators from the university’s six other residential campuses to combat the problems the report outlined.

As part of her role in caring for residents living on campus, Mrs Duffy has been instrumental in implementing a two-hour workshop which focuses on developing positive relationships and the legalities of consent, which was delivered to all new students during orientation week.

The program has been so successful CSU now plans to roll it out to all Orange students, not just first-years, and Bathurst’s residential coordinator Isabelle Fox has been asked to present it an international student housing conference in Texas.

“Sexual harassment on university campuses is a worldwide problem, it’s not just a problem for Australia,” Mrs Duffy said. 

“It’s timely that with the #metoo campaign happening right now we are tackling what the university constitutes as sexual harassment.”

The award announcement took place as part of CSU’s Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday, which marks the establishment of the university on July 19, 1989.

Campus cafe’s Jan Storey and Judi Spicer accepted an award on behalf of their team for helping reduce the use of single-use coffee cups by 50 per cent, as part of CSU’s War on Waste Initiative.

Foundation Day was celebrated by visitors from community groups taking part in activities, speeches and cake.

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