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Racist attack in our community – 17 April 2020

Hannah Buchan, President

On Wednesday April 15 two international students from the University of Melbourne were told to ‘get out of our country’ during an alleged assault that took place in the CBD that appears to have been fuelled by coronavirus related racism.

The University of Melbourne Student Union is outraged by this incident. UMSU strongly condemns racist attacks of any kind. Xenophobia and racism have no place in our community at any time.

UMSU remains committed to ensuring the University is a safe and welcoming place for students of all nationalities and cultural backgrounds and we believe that combating racism is everyone’s responsibility. We need to find strength and support one another – racism and violence have no place in our community.

UMSU actively campaigns against racism on and off campus and will provide support to any student who is the victim of the kind of racist bigotry we have seen on our doorstep.

If you or someone you know has experienced hostility, online or in-person, you can contact the UMSU Advocacy service for a full range of advice about your options.

The following University services can also provide confidential support:

Student Equity and Disability support provide services for students who need ongoing support with their studies. We understand that adjustments to learning and assessment are sometimes required to allow all students to reach their full potential.

Counselling and Psychological Services provide free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students and staff.

Additional external help and information:

The Australian Human Rights Commission leads the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia and resolves complaints of discrimination or breaches of human rights under federal laws.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission provide free information about discrimination and a dispute resolution service to deal with complaints.