A safe and comfortable place to live

Monash is committed to promoting access and equity for students who have a disability or long-term medical condition – see the Disability Liaison Unit or additional information. MRS has a policy of indiscernible accessibility and inclusion for all our residents.

Bullying is a socially unacceptable way to behave. Bullying is quite common and can revolve around age, sexuality, cultural or religious. If you are being bullied you may be feeling rejected and depressed. If you are being bullied or someone you know is being bullied, you should take action. Maybe you could try and get some help – or ask someone for advice on what to do. Try speaking to the person that is doing the bullying and let them know that it is not okay.

Sometimes you may not realise that your behaviour is affecting other people. Something that is culturally acceptable for you to say or do may not be acceptable to others. Try to be aware of the reactions you get when you say certain things. If you feel you may have offended someone, seek clarification.

Monash University has a culturally diverse population. There are many people from many different societies and cultures. As you are part of this multicultural university, make yourself aware of the other residents you are sharing your University experience with. Within such a diverse group of people, you should be aware that there are differences; some of these differences include language, dress and actions. In order to maintain a happy society, be sure to respect the way in which others live.

Peer pressure is another form of bullying. Although, at times it seems harmless, it can easily escalate into something major. Peer pressure involves influencing someone to do something they are not comfortable doing. To feel socially accepted we may in fact to do something that we would not ordinarily do. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, the simple solution is to just say, “NO”. People should not judge you for sticking up for yourself. If they do, they are not worth being friends with – and they are not behaving in a way we expect residents of MRS to behave.

Monash has it’s own equity and diversity policies. For information about these policies please visit http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/.