Student Services

Guidance for Staff

What do I do if a student discloses an incident of Sexual Violence?

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. This includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation.

Sexual violence can be perpetrated by a stranger or by someone you know (even somebody you are in a relationship with).   Sexual violence can happen to anyone. No-one ever deserves or asks for it to happen.

All genders can be victims of sexual violence.

What is my role when a student discloses?

When a student discloses to you, they will be most concerned with you listening to them and providing support.  They will want to feel safe and believed.

What steps should I take?

1. Assess risk.

If you consider the student to be in immediate danger, call emergency services on 999 and then call Security (888 internal / 222141) if you are on campus.  If the student is not in immediate danger, follow steps 2-9.

2. Create a safe space and listen.  Allow the student time and space to talk.

3. Discuss the student's options:

4. Support their decision.

5. Give advice about support networks.  Encourage them to seek further support.

6. Check whether alternative accommodation is required.  

7. Fill in the template found below and send to Chief Operating Officer and Director of Student Services.

8. Follow-up with the student in writing, repeating their options regarding reporting and further support.

What is the University doing to prevent Sexual Violence?