This is a snap rally, centered around the University’s problematic culture of sheltering perpetrators, as has been highlighted by their sheltering of Professor Alan Lopez. 

Professor Lopez had been found guilty of misconduct according to the University’s behaviour policy, by an independent investigator in 2015. He continues to be a Laureate professor and Rowden White chair at the School of Global Health. This reflects a culture prevalent in the University, and in every level of leadership in so-called Australia, where white cis men at helms of power, continue to enjoy power and privilege, despite being perpetrators of assault.

Join UMSU Women’s Department and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for this snap rally to demand that University publicly condemn Professor Lopez’ actions and commit to a standalone, University-wide sexual assault and campus safety policy, including colleges, sports teams, all faculties, students and all staff – operational and academic. 

It’s been a long time due. “Australia’s best University” should not be an unsafe space for its students and staff. Come down to Macfarland Court on Wednesday, March 24th, at 1pm. 

Speakers include:
Brittney Henderson, Indigenous Representative on UMSU Council
Srishti Chatterjee, Women’s Officer, UMSU
Annette Herrera, NTEU Acting Vice President
Zoe Ranganathan, President, National Union of Students
Ciara O’Sullivan, General Secretary, UMSU
Jack Buksh, President, UMSU

Feel free to bring your own posters, but please do not bring posters that have references to gendered markers of the body. Any racism, homophobia, transphobia, militarism, ableism, wh*rephobia and other discriminatory behaviour, will not be tolerated. Keep in mind that many attendees and speakers are survivors, and we want everyone to feel safe and supported. 

SALES ARE BANNED IN THIS RALLY. Do not use this rally to sell agenda, badges and newspapers of any kind. 

This rally is being convened on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders – past, present and emerging. This is stolen land, sovereignty to which was never ceded. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal Land, and there is no justice on this land without First Nations justice.