Bullying, abuse 'pervasive' in Aussie residential colleges

Students at a Monash University campus in Australia. The university has been included in the report on abusive practices.
Students at a Monash University campus in Australia. The university has been included in the report on abusive practices.PHOTO: MONASH UNIVERSITY

New report adds international students are more at risk as they may not report crimes

Australia's universities have been urged to do more to address sexual harassment and bullying at residential colleges, where many foreign students live, following graphic accounts of sexual harassment and depraved "hazing" or initiation rituals.

A report by a non-government organisation into practices at twelve universities - including the eight highest-ranked in the country - found a damaging culture of misogyny, brutality and drunkenness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline 'Bullying, abuse 'pervasive' in Aussie residential colleges'. Print Edition | Subscribe