Overview

Any form of sexual misconduct, assault or harassment is never okay. Please visit Report + Support for detailed information on the support available to you and how to report.

Are you safe?

If you are in danger or need of urgent medical care or attention, please call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance/police.

See the contact details and other information about Health and Emergency services near you.

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Reporting

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Through Report + Support we hope to ensure that you gain access to the support that is available to you in the aftermath of an incident.

You are given the option to record an incident and give your name, so that you can be contacted by the Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/Harassment) to discuss support and your options for reporting formally. Or you can choose to remain anonymous. The information that you provide will help us to make continued progress in making our university the safest it can be. You are in control here. Have your voice heard.

Making a formal report to the University

You are able to make a formal report to the university via the Student Conduct and Complaints Office team. You will find further information here about Non-Academic Discipline regulations and how to submit a complaint. The Specialist Wellbeing Adviser is also able to talk you through this without pressure or judgement if you are not sure yet.

Students who report an incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment against them will not be subject to disciplinary action if they breached Covid-19 restrictions at the time of the incident. It is important that students feel able to access support and reporting options without fear of disciplinary action.    

Reporting to the police

If you do decide to report the assault to the police and it is not an immediate emergency, call 101. A member of staff can support you through this if you wish to.

Please be assured that the reporting process will be taken at your own pace and your involvement in it is voluntary throughout. You can discuss your reporting options with both the Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/ Harassment) and/or Sexual Assault Responders (SARs).

Kent Police have information on their website about reporting sexual assaults. If you decide to report, the police will support and guide you through the process and will assign a specialist from their Sexual Offences Investigation Team

The University will respect your decision about whether or not you wish to report the incident to the Police. The only exception to this will be if it is considered that, there is an ongoing risk to you or to members of the University community. 

Getting Support

The perpetrator is always to blame for sexual assault or rape. We will never ask ‘Why?’ when coming forward. We take sexual assault or rape extremely seriously.

If the incident has just happened, it is important that you try to get yourself to a safe place and keep warm as you may be in shock.

If you (or someone you know) has been (or thinks) they have been sexually assaulted or raped, please refer to Report + Support

See processes for getting support as a visual guide.

Confidentiality

Your confidentiality will be respected and information will not be shared beyond the relevant staff (detailed below) without your consent unless you or others are at significant risk. We do not report incidents to the police without the consent of the reporting person unless you or others are at significant risk.

If Campus Security have been informed of an incident then the Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/Harassment) will automatically be informed. The Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/Harassment) will contact you to help you receive any information or support you need.

Anonymous reports to the University, including those via Report + Support will not instigate any part of an investigation process.

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