Concerns raised by students about the safety of the Inveresk campus will be of high importance as the University of Tasmania continues with plans to develop the site.
A report into sexual assault instances at UTAS student accommodation was released earlier in the week and mentioned student concerns over the safety of the existing Inveresk campus.
UTAS has moved to a zero-tolerance approach for sexual assault and harassment on campus and commissioned an internal review in 2016 following a similar national Human Rights Commission report.
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The report noted in interviews with students that there were concerns Inveresk was exposed to non-residents, particularly people who had been drinking at nearby pubs, due to a lack of fencing and security doors to communal spaces. In addition, concerns were raised about the removal of late-night security patrols at the Northern campus.
Vice-chancellor Rufus Black said the university had invested in sexual assault prevention and response measures and the Inveresk campus would not be exempt.
"This report was done before the release of the Inveresk master plan, but what we know from cities is that people are safer in places where there are more people," Professor Black said.
Inveresk will be Launceston's campus in the future, as UTAS moves through its $260 million Northern Transformation strategy, investing more than $300 million into the Northern Tasmanian economy.
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Professor Black said with the move towards different types of course offerings, along with more communal spaces, the new Inveresk campus will become a lively place, which would reduce the likelihood of assault.
"It won't be a lonely place, there will be lots more people around," he said.
However, he said UTAS would continue to work on practices and methods to ensure instances of sexual harassment and assault did not occur on campus.
UTAS has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual assault and harassment on all its campuses and is working towards implementing more strategies and policies.