“The University of Sydney is aware of some of the accusations in the report and it is for this reason that we are working with the colleges and Liz Broderick and her team on improving campus culture for the University and five of its residential colleges.
“Those colleges have accepted all recommendations and their implementation is underway. The process for one residential college – St Pauls – is ongoing.
“The University will continue to work with student and advocacy groups to do all it can to make its campuses safe and welcoming for all students."
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence added the University would support a coronial inquest into Stuart Kelly's death.
"We would do anything in our power to help the Kelly family find answers," Dr Spence said.
Areas specifically considered by the Broderick report included sexual assault and harassment, the role of alcohol in college settings and alcohol-related harm, the influence of misogyny and college culture related to bullying, intimidation and hazing.
All participating colleges made individualised responses to the reports and the actions they would undertake to address all of its recommendations.
The University welcomed the report as an opportunity to enact practical reforms and for the University and colleges to pursue meaningful and substantial leadership on these issues.
The report highlighted a number of areas for action and the University committed to all practical measures recommended in the report including the following:
Specifically, in the context of the start of Orientation Week, which has been identified as a time of risk for vulnerable students:
During Orientation Week the University’s Student Liaison Officers will also take part in a number of presentations at the University’s affiliated residential colleges as part of their own individual Orientation programs.
The University’s alcohol policy will be enforced during Orientation Week. Its aims include:
The University will continue to review and update this policy in line with best practice and report recommendations.
Broderick’s Cultural Renewal report follows the Human Rights Commission’s national report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities released in August as part of the Universities Australia Respect. Now. Always initiative.
In line with the recommendations of both reports the University will continue its efforts to eliminate intimidating, abusive, disrespectful or threatening behaviour from our campuses and the communities we serve, including the colleges.