Student Support and Wellbeing Visual Guide: Sexual Assault Responders (SARs)

This is one of several visual guides designed to help students and others understand how to access support through Student Support and Wellbeing at the University of Kent.
Sexual Assault Responder Meeting Explained

What happens when a student requests Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) support?

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Firstly a student must request a Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) support via Campus Security by calling 01227 823333 in case of emergencies or 01227 823300 for non-emergencies. 

At that point, Campus Security will check the immediate safety of the student and make arrangements if needed. They will also ask for name and contact details to be passed onto SAR and check that the student is ok to call the first person on SAR Rota (by checking for gender and department). 

  1. The SAR will make initial contact with the student via telephone and discuss whether a face to face appointment is needed. If face to face is preferred, arrangements will be made. 
  2. The SAR will then have a conversation with the student about confidentiality. The student will be made aware that a reporting form will be completed and passed to the Specialist Wellbeing Adviser to follow up and offer ongoing support if needed. 
  3. The student will be provided with a written copy of the SAR reporting form, which will be theirs to keep safe and can be useful if they decide to go to the police at a later stage. 
  4. There is a vast range of things students can talk to SARs about, from practical support (for example, accessing emergency accommodation), sexual health options (for example, emergency contraception), and reporting options (that is, reporting to the police or to the university), to going to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) via the police, or refer themselves.
  5. It is important that students know that the police will not be called without the consent of the student unless there is an immediate threat to life.
  6. The SAR can also make Taxi arrangements should the student wish to go to the police or to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
  7. The SAR will ask for a brief account of what happened, which will be recorded. The student does not have to provide detail if they do not wish to. And finally, they will ensure that the student gets home safely at the end of the appointment.
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