Any form of sexual misconduct, assault or harassment is never okay.
If you think you have been the target of sexual misconduct, assault or harassment, it may be hard to know what to do or how to feel. What happened was not your fault. What you do next is your choice.
Sexual assault is contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and sexual harassment is contrary to Equality Act 2010, such forms of unacceptable behaviour are also contrary to the University Dignity at Work and Study policy.
- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere you feel safe.
- What are sexual misconduct and assault? It might be useful to think about what is meant by bullying and harassment and how these behaviours are described.
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an adviser. If you choose to talk to an adviser they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
- University Procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow.
- Find out what support is available if you think you have been bullied or harassed.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Find out more on the support available for mental health and wellbeing
- Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Counselling Service offers confidential help and is open to students and for staff HR can offer help and confidential advice through the Employee Assist Programme (EAP) Spectrum Life.
- Call Security at Buckingham 07860834802 or at Crewe 01270 353131