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 Harassment Policy.
- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just occurred, try to 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 may present.
- To a friend - talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
- Student Wellbeing Services - you can talk to a trained member of staff called a SVLO (Sexual Violence Liason Officer) who will listen and advise you on your options, as well as a Mental Health Advisor who can offer further support with your mental health and wellbeing.
- The BSUSU Advice Service is a free, confidential, impartial service where an advisor can talk through the procedures, how to complain, the options 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 speak with an advisor, they will be able to confidentially discuss your options and the support available to you.
- 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 that will need to be followed.
1 in 4 people is affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people has contemplated suicide or self-harm.
- Find out more about the support available for mental health
- Take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you:
- Student Wellbeing Services provides confidential help and support for students
- Staff can speak with their line-manager, a Harassment Advisor, contact HR and access Lifeworks, the University’s employee assistance service.