Sexual respect

Everyone who is part of our community has the right to feel respected and safe. We are committed to preventing sexual violence, which can happen in a domestic setting or relationship.

The University is working with Kent Union to provide information on sexual consent and tackle misunderstandings.

We recommend watching the ‘Tea Consent’ video which uses a ‘cup of tea’ analogy to explain what sexual consent looks like. 

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What is U.N.I. (You and I) protect?

See something? Say something. Do something! You can make a difference!

The University and Students’ Union developed the U.N.I (You and I) Protect training programme to equip you with the skills to recognise and safely challenge harmful behaviour, including sexual harassment or abuse.

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What does the U.N.I Protect programme do?

The U.N.I (You and I) Protect programme:

  • helps you to recognise and challenge any problematic and harmful behaviour such as sexual harassment or abuse;
  • equips students with the skills to be 'active bystanders' so that they can intervene safely and with confidence;
  • promotes a culture of dignity and respect across the University;
  • ensures that students are aware of the help and support available, both from the University and from external organisations, should they (or someone they know) need it.

We can all take action to protect each other and the wider University community

If you have any questions or queries, please email

Sign up for free U.N.I Protect training programme

Rape and sexual assault

The perpetrator is always to blame for sexual assault or rape

We take sexual assault and rape extremely seriously.

If you (or someone you know) has been (or thinks) they have been sexually assaulted or raped, read our guidance and support. The guidance outlines support available and helps you to make informed decisions about next steps, including:

  • Who to contact
  • Deciding whether or not to report the incident to the Police (the University will never pressurise you to report the incident to the Police)
  • Time frames to be aware of
  • Issues of confidentiality (who will need to be informed)
  • The support services available at the University
  • Local and national support services

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.

More on guidance and support available

Expect Respect @ Kent e-learning module

You can also complete our ‘Expect Respect @ Kent’ e-learning module on Moodle. This will make sure you’re fully informed when it comes to treating everyone with dignity and respect. These skills will not only help you at University but throughout life and in the workplace.

Take the e-learning module now

Inform Kent (InK) reporting tool

Inform Kent (InK) is an online reporting tool which empowers students to record details of incidents such as sexual assault, harassment, relationship abuse or hate crime. The most vital use of InK is to ensure that you gain access to the support that is available to you in the aftermath of an incident.

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Domestic violence support

University may be a time for many firsts. This could be your first time living away from home, meeting new people and maybe starting your first relationship.

We want you to be informed when it comes to what a healthy relationship looks like, and if you are or think you might be in an abusive relationship, where you can go for support.

If you think you’re (or someone you know is) in an abusive relationship, you can go to a drop-in session with an adviser from Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

Drop-ins take place every Thursday during term-time, from 12.00 – 14.00, in Student Support and Wellbeing Reception in Keynes College. 

Contact Student Support and Wellbeing

Contraception and sexual health

The University Medical Centre and Nursing Service provide a full range of contraceptive and sexual health services including STI screening and contraception.

More on services available

Getting help

There are plenty of ways to get help. 

In an emergency, you should call 999.

You do not have to contact the police if you do not want to, you can contact the Specialist Wellbeing Advisor within Student Support and Wellbeing  who will be able to provide practical and emotional support. 

Alternatively, you can talk to your College Master who can provide further information.

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