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.
Be clear on consent
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.
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.Expect Respect @ Kent e-learning module
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 is U.N.I protect?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for the training programme
Sign up for the free U.N.I (You and I) Protect training programme via Study Plus.
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 the Wellbeing Team
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.Read the guidance
Where to get help
In an emergency, you should call 999.
You do not have to contact the police if you don’t want to, but you should alert your College Master who will be able to assist and support you.
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