The 2016 report made nine key recommendations, which included the development of a plan for addressing the drivers of sexual assault and sexual harassment at universities, making information about support services better available for students, and that the survey should be repeated in three years.
Despite this, sexual harassment and sexual assault "remain a serious problem within Australian universities," Jenkins reiterated in her statement.
She added of NSSS, "I warn against using this data to create rankings because this is a systemic problem requiring a whole community response."
In the new survey, one female international student said she was repeatedly harassed by a member of staff at her university. They sent her text messages about her appearance and referenced stereotypes about her heritage—she discussed her concerns to the head of the department, but received woeful support.
"I was told by the head of department to block the phone number of the accused and asked to no longer attend school seminars or social events as no one could guarantee my safety from this person," she explained.
"This occurred over two years ago and since then I have not attended an academic seminar on my campus."
Another student detailed how members of their group assignment made them feel uncomfortable by making sexist comments about women, asking inappropriate personal questions, and making unwanted physical contact.
"But when I told the lecturer, nothing was done about it, so I dropped the course," they said.
In response to the devastating results from the survey, Universities Australia's Chair John Dewar shared a formal apology on behalf of the 39 Australian universities who took part in it.
"On behalf of Universities Australia and its 39 members, I am deeply sorry," he said in a statement.
"To every single university student who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault, or has a friend, family member or loved one who has—I am sorry. I am sorry for what you endured. I am sorry for how that may have affected your relationships, your mental health, your studies and your life."
He added that in order for change to occur, a cultural overhaul will be required: "The survey results are part of a growing body of evidence in Australia which shows that sexual harassment and sexual assault are pervasive in all corners of our society.
"As a nation, this cannot be tolerated, and as a sector, we will continue to be part of the solution."
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