TRANS students at a Sydney university have been subject to ongoing threats and violence from other students.
Reported in Western Sydney University’s (WSU) student newspaper W’SUP, students living on campus say they have been victims of “systemic transphobic bullying”.
“I had a threat against me, going ‘we should burn you, we should kill you’,” he said.
“You really can’t feel safe when there’s people who want to hurt you for being trans.”
Another student reported receiving extensive online harassment as well as physical abuse and threats. On one occasion a group of students allegedly bashed their window in the night.
Another time, they reported being threatened with weapons by students who were not seriously disciplined over the incident.
“I had people come into the place I was living, with pots, and pans, and bats… it was pretty scary,” they said.
“The solution was to give them a written warning. There was nothing beyond a sort of slap on the wrist.”
One of the students who reported the transphobic abuse said he had spoken with the managers of the student village but been told there was limited recourse.
“We work extremely closely with the university support services, who are the experts… in providing appropriate support,” said WSU student village general manager Steve Tucker.
“Where breach notices are issued for behaviour, these are forwarded to the university for further consideration.”