2.3.5. International student safety and support

Date:  Thursday 8 October
Time: 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Location: R5

Session Type: Thematic session

Chair: Ms Mary Ann Seow, National President, ISANA International Education Association (Australia)

International student safety: sharing responsibility in a global context (1021)

Drawing on 150 interviews with international students and key stakeholders in Australia, the UK and the US, this presentation will reveal an overarching belief that international student safety should be a shared responsibility. Different perspectives from across and within the three countries present varying combinations of which parties should be responsible. In Australia, the responsibility was believed to rest with the individual student as well with universities and governments. In the UK, it was generally thought it should rest with the students, universities, police and governments. In the US, it was commonly believed that students and their parents, universities and police should be responsible. The Clery Act in the US will also be discussed as it provides a contrasting government initiative that assumes universities should be proactive in taking responsibility for student safety. Examining the issue in a global context will provide new understandings about sharing responsibility for international student safety.

Key interest area (KIA): STU
Sector(s): ELT,HE,SCH,VET

Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett, Lecturer and Researcher, Monash University, Australia