Sexual misconduct is any conduct that is sexual, unwanted and causes distress, or that otherwise constitutes harassment, bullying or victimisation. Sexual misconduct is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and 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) and the University’s Security Team (if you are on campus).  

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 fearful or in danger you can call security on 02380 593311. 

What is sexual misconduct? It might be useful to think about what sexual misconduct is and how some of the behaviours are described. 


Talk to a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 

Text support. If you feel you need to talk to someone immediately you can contact Shout, a free 24/7 text service for anyone struggling to cope. Text 'SHOUT' to 85258. 

Harassment Contacts are volunteers from a variety of roles on campus who can provide confidential advice on what you can do in response to bullying and harassment. Contacting them does not begin any formal procedure and does not commit you to any action. They provide informal, personal support and advice based on experience and knowledge of the options available. 

Request to speak with an advisor on Report and Support. An advisor can: talk through the University's procedures, inform you on how to make a complaint and let you know what support is available, in confidence. 


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 policy. 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 will need to follow. 

Reporting to the police. You can report to the police on the phone, in person or using an online form. If you are thinking of reporting sexual misconduct or domestic violence to the police, here is a useful Rights of Women guide to understand the process of criminal investigation. 

Report the incident anonymously. You can call Crime Stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111 or use their online form.

Get support

Support for students can be accessed 24/7 via The Student Hub. You can call The Student Hub team on +44(0)23 80599 599 and select option two for wellbeing or if you would prefer, email

The SUSU Advice Centre 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. 

Employee Assistance Programme. EAP is a confidential and independent support service for university staff. 

There are two ways you can tell us what happened