I am deeply concerned by claims about student behaviour at St John’s which have been made in news articles about misconduct in university residences. The College takes any allegations of student misconduct very seriously.
Our initial enquiries with students indicate that some of the matters referred to in the article are ‘one-off’ isolated incidents and I am confident that these are not reflective of the overall student culture at St John’s. In order to determine the facts and circumstances of the alleged incidents, a formal investigation will be conducted.
St John’s College is committed to transformational change in student culture and our students are fully engaged in this process. Over the last five years significant progress has been made but there is more to be done. Throughout 2017 a major review of student culture at University of Sydney colleges was conducted by Elizabeth Broderick & Co. Cultural renewal remains an ongoing priority of St John’s and we are working to implement all of the recommendations of the Broderick Report.
The overriding priority of the College is the safety and wellbeing of our students and the Student Code of Conduct sets out the College’s expectations about how students need to conduct themselves in the St John’s community. The College has an obligation to ensure that all students behave in a way that respects the rights and expectations of the other members of the community.