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Consent Matters

ECU is committed to ensuring we provide a respectful, inclusive and safe environment for staff and students. Understanding basic concepts around consent, communication and respect is vital and our online training program, Consent Matters, equips you with this knowledge to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

We recognise that creating safe communities is a shared responsibility and we therefore strongly encouraged all ECU staff and students to complete Consent Matters via ‘My Communities’ on Blackboard.

Students should complete this within their first teaching period as this module sets out many the expectations and values that ECU has regarding appropriate behaviour.

What is Consent Matters?

Consent Matters is an innovative, at-your-own-pace, e-learning module that explores the nature of sexual consent. It will advise you how to seek consent, how to recognise it and how to identify situations where it can’t be given.

Using activities, quizzes and relatable character scenarios, it highlights the importance of good communication, clear boundaries and mutual respect. Within the context of social norm and bystander intervention theory, you will learn how to recognise difficult situations and possible ways of stepping in if others need help.

How do I complete Consent Matters?

Students can access Consent Matters via My Communities on Blackboard. You can log in using your student ID and password.

Staff can access Consent Matters via Blackboard. You can log in using your staff ID and password.

You need to complete all three modules of Consent Matters and achieve 80% or higher in all quizzes in order to receive your Completion Certificate.

What if I still want to know more?

If you're interested in learning more, please don't stop here – there is more to see, hear, and do. Check out our website for more information about sexual assault, sexual harassment and assisting others.

I'm required to complete Consent Matters, but I'm finding the content too triggering or traumatic to complete. Can I be exempt?

We recognise that Consent Matters may be challenging for some people, especially if they have been impacted by sexual harassment and/or assault.

If this is the case for you, and you are required to complete Consent Matters as a part of an ECU program, please email either your unit or program coordinator or to opt out.

What help and support is available?

IT assistance for technical troubleshooting is available from the SALT or VEEP team in your local campus library, or by contacting the IT Service Desk.

ECU encourages you to report any incident of sexual assault or harassment that you experience or witness on ECU campuses or at any ECU activities. You can report a sexual assault or harassment on behalf of yourself of someone else directly to ECU. You can also report anonymously.  

Head to our reporting webpage for information on how to make a report both at ECU, and externally.

For additional support, both within ECU and the wider community, head to our support services page.

For resources and further information for supporting someone who may have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment, head to our responding to disclosure page.

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