CN: harassment, sexual misconduct, bullying, discrimination, sexual violence, abuse, rape, hate crime, domestic abuse, sexual violence, revenge porn
Reporting Inappropriate Behaviour
In the Code of Conduct for Students in Respect of Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, the University defines harassment as single or repeated incidents involving unwanted or unwarranted conduct towards another person which it is reasonable to think would have the effect of (i) violating that other’s dignity or (ii) creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment for that other.’
Students who have experienced any behaviour amounting to harassment, bullying, discrimination, sexual violence, abuse, coercive behaviours or related misconduct can raise their concerns with the University. Some of the reporting options available to students are: to report student or staff behaviour or anonymously report harassment or sexual misconduct. For more information on these options please access the link below: Student Complaints: Inappropriate staff and student behaviour.
Your College may have its own Harassment and Sexual Misconduct procedures. This information can usually be found on your College’s website, the Student Handbook or by contacting the Tutorial Office. Your College may also have a College Discrimination and Harassment Contact who can signpost and support students experiencing any form of discrimination or harassment. Individuals in these roles tend to be the Senior Tutor, College Nurse, Chaplain, a designated ‘Harassment Officer’, or an academic staff member. If you are unsure of who in your College holds this role you can speak with your Tutor, Senior Tutor or contact the Tutorial Office.
How The Student Advice Service Can Help
The Student Advice Service can help you explore your options around these issues and support you whether you wish to raise your concerns or not. Your Tutor should also be able to support you on such matters. Students who have experienced sexual harassment or assault may also wish to access support from the University’s Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor.
If You Are Accused of Inappropriate Behaviour
The Student Advice Service can also help navigate a College or University process, including providing support to students who might need to respond to allegations of harassment, sexual misconduct and/or any other behaviour that breaches the University or College Rules of Behaviour. Students can expect to receive support from the Advisor in an independent, impartial, confidential, non-directive and non-judgemental way.
Student Advice Service ‘Student Disputes’ Policy
We would advise students who come to the Service to read our Code of Practice, which outlines how we work with students, particularly the ‘Student Disputes’ section. This explains that all students involved in a dispute, complainant, respondent or others, are eligible to access the Service. We will provide the same level of support to all parties involved, maintaining confidentiality and impartiality throughout. As always, all support provided will be non-judgmental and non-directive. Where possible, communication between the staff members representing opposing sides of the dispute will be limited.
You may also wish to access support from external services for victims and survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Please see below a list with some of these services, some of which offer support for individuals who identify with particular categories such as male, female, LGBT+ or disabled:
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre provides a range of support services for those whose gender identity includes the category of ‘woman’ to any extent.
The Elms is a sexual assault referral centre for people who have recently experienced sexual assault. They provide support to all victims irrespective of their choice to report.
Mankind UK is a confidential helpline for self-identifying male victims of domestic abuse and loved ones seeking advice.
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline offering a safe space to discuss any issues impacting LGBT+ individuals, including but not limited to support for victims of sexual assault & harassment.
Galop is an LGBT+ anti-violence charity providing support services for hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence victims/survivors. Services can be accessed via telephone, email, text and Whatsapp.
Bi Survivors Network is a specific mutual-support network for bisexual survivors that is open to people of all gender identities. A space to to find solidarity and support amongst individuals with common experiences of sexual violence.
Disabled Survivors Unite provides support and advice for disabled survivors of sexual violence.
Revenge Porn Helpline is a support service for adults experiencing intimate image abuse (‘revenge porn’). Support is usually provided over telephone or email, however telephone lines are temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Email: email@example.com.