We believe that sexual harassment is never okay.
Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which violates your dignity, makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Sexual harassment is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Bullying and Harassment Policy.
- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are scared or fearful you can call security on 01225 87 5555.
- What is sexual harassment. It might be useful to think about what sexual harassment is and how some of the behaviours are described.
To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
- Harassment Advisor. An advisor can talk through the University's procedures, how to make a complaint and what support is available, in confidence.
- The BSUSU Advice Service is a free, confidential, impartial service where an advisor can talk through the procedure, how to complain, what options are available and support you through the process. This support includes checking draft complaints and attending any meetings with the University.
- 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 advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor 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 against a student or a member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people have contemplated suicide or self-harm.
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 Mental health & Wellbeing Service (Student Support) offers confidential help for students
- staff can speak with their line-manager, contact HR and access Lifeworks – the University’s employee assistance service.