Albury's only university campus is making a statement against inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment by labeling the traditionally-known O-week as "zero week" for 2021.
More than 350 students began their tertiary studies at Charles Sturt University Thurgoona campus on Tuesday with the university continuing its commitment to a policy of zero tolerance with sexual harassment by focusing on ensuring students are "informed, supported and empowered" from their first day.
Charles Sturt Faculty of Science executive dean Professor Megan Smith told The Border Mail they want students to feel free to raise any concerns from day one.
"It is just showing that as a university we have a really clear approach that we have a zero tolerance policy to sexual misconduct." she said.
"I just hope this statement makes students feel really safe and that they can come and be who they are in an environment where it is not tolerated."
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Yarrawonga high school mates Hayley Bigger and Tanner Nyholm both started at the uni on Tuesday and said orientation week was about getting a lay of the land.
"I'm studying a bachelor of nursing and hope to just find out about classes and meet a few people before classes start," Miss Bigger said.
Mr Nyholm is studying a bachelor of occupational therapy after completing year 12 last year.
There are 363 first year students that will study on campus for in 2021, with the most popular courses being a bachelor of nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.