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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contraception and sexual health
There are plenty of ways to get help.
If you have been a victim of, or are concerned about, sexual and/or domestic abuse, the following contacts can provide help, support, information and advice.
- Campus Security
- Specialist Wellbeing Adviser/Sexual Assault Responders
- Wellbeing Team
- Kent Police (non-emergency): call 101
- East Kent Rape Crisis Centre
- Kent Sexual Assault Referral Centre
- ManKind Initiative, Domestic Abuse Line
- Men’s Advice Line
- Rape Crisis UK
- Rising Sun Domestic Abuse Services
- Women’s Aid and Refuge 24-hour Line
- Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation
- Southall Black Sisters
- Jewish Women’s Aid
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.