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University expresses support for our Jewish students and staff

27 May 2019
Vice-Chancellor responds to recent media reports
Following recent media reports, the University of Sydney offers support and solidarity to our Jewish community on campus and beyond.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said reports about the conviction of a former student who admitted to making plans against Jewish students were deeply disturbing.

“Harassment or discrimination of any kind has no place in our community,” Dr Spence said.

“We as a community reject religious hatred in all of its forms and stand behind the Jewish community, with which we share close ties."

A more diverse university is a stronger university, and I continue to encourage everyone to consider what role they can play in creating a campus environment that is as safe and welcoming as possible.
Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University has confirmed the person convicted is no longer a student at the University of Sydney. We are not aware of any current threats to students or staff.

Support is also available to members of our community.

For students, in-person counselling sessions are available via Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Staff members can access support services via the Employee Assistance Program (Benestar).

Staff and students can also access spiritual support via the Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre.

Anyone experiencing distress and requiring immediate support can also contact the following community resources:

  • University Crisis Line for students, 5pm-9am weekdays, 24/7 weekends and public holidays, via phone (voice calls only, 1300 474 065) and SMS Text message service (0488 884 429)
  • Mental Health Access Line (1800 011 511)
  • Lifeline, 24 hours (13 11 14)