Student wellbeing and support

Notre Dame - A community promoting unity

Notre Dame is a Catholic University and in all aspects of our communal life we strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ and his call for us “to love one another as I have loved you” (John 15.12) and “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).

Our vision for our community is based on our beliefs:

  • that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God;
  • that we are all children of God and are all wanted and loved by God;
  • that all persons are equal in dignity;
  • that each and every person is unique, with their own gifts, talents and calling in life: none of which affects our fundamental equal dignity;
  • that we are all essentially relational in nature and to grow and flourish as a person, we are called to live our lives in communion and community with others; and
  • that we all have fundamental rights and mutual responsibilities, and both are needed for communities to flourish.

Notre Dame seeks to be a community which promotes and enhances the wellbeing of every individual student, one in which every student is encouraged to recognise and develop their own gifts and talents, one which assists them to achieve wholeness as human persons, one which helps them to realise their interconnectedness with all others and one which helps them to understand how they can best serve society and the world.

In seeking to live up to our calling to be the ideal community, the University seeks to provide a welcoming environment where all students are valued and supported as full members of our community. It is fundamental to this that every person shall be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of characteristics such as race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social or economic circumstances, age, or disability.

We believe that these principles are in harmony with the exhortation contained in paragraph 21 of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, The Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Higher Education, Pope John Paul II, (1990, para 21)

A Catholic University pursues its objectives through its formation of an authentic human community animated by the spirit of Christ. The source of its unity springs from a common dedication to the truth, a common vision of the dignity of the human person and, ultimately, the person and message of Christ which gives the Institution its distinctive character. As a result of this inspiration, the community is animated by a spirit of freedom and charity; it is characterized by mutual respect, sincere dialogue, and protection of the rights of individuals. It assists each of its members to achieve wholeness as human persons; in turn, everyone in the community helps in promoting unity.

Approved by Board of Trustees, 25 July 2017

Student wellbeing, safety and support

Community against violence

Notre Dame condemns harassment, violence and unjust discrimination of every kind, and asserts that no one in our community should be subject to physical or verbal harassment or abuse. Help and support is always available at Notre Dame, and some important information is set out below.

We condemn harassment, violence and unjust discrimination of every kind, and assert that no one in our community should be subject to physical or verbal harassment or abuse.

Support for the student community

Notre Dame is committed to the provision of excellent pastoral care, which means that students are the heart and centre of Notre Dame. Notre Dame expresses its ideal of pastoral care as a Community promoting Unity. Tangibly, this occurs from the very beginning, with our personalised approach to admissions. It continues through our small class sizes, with one-on-one contact with academic staff, our individualised academic and counselling support programs, welcoming liturgies and faith opportunities and sporting and cultural activities. Less tangibly, but no less important for that, it shapes and animates how the University carries out its mission; for example, how it approaches decision making, how it forms its processes and policies, and all the ways in which it supports you.