Sexual harassment is not just about physical touching or groping - the term can also be applied to any unwanted and persistent behaviour of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment therefore includes but is not limited to:
We believe that everyone has a duty to challenge sexual harassment and that everyone has a responsibility to make our Union a safe space for all students. If we ignore sexual harassment, we are complicit in it. The Union has committed to running mandatory zero tolerance training to all staff, student reps and committee members.
The Union takes a firm Zero Tolerance stance towards any form of sexual harassment and this means that we will not tolerate it in any of our spaces or at any of our events. Anyone who commits any form of sexual harassment will be immediately removed from our premises and may be disciplined for their actions. We will always take reports and concerns of sexual harassment and assault extremely seriously, always believing the word of those who have been harassed and/or those who are survivors of assault. We will deal with such incidences confidentially and as quickly as possible.
If you experience sexual harassment whilst at the Union or Union-run events you can report the incident(s) to any member of Union staff and they will take the details of the perpetrator and they will immediately be removed from the building. Staff will also inform you as to how to follow up on the complaint.
You can contact the Union’s Advice Centre where an advisor will let you know how to follow up with complaints and can direct you to both internal and external support services. If you feel comfortable meeting in person, please feel free to stop by the Advice Centre’s offices in University House.
You can also ring or email to speak with an advisor by phoning 0161 351 5400 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In some circumstances you may wish to contact the police, in an emergency call 999 or in a non-emergency situation call 101. You can also visit your local police station (you may wish to take a friend/partner/or member of your family with you for support).
The Samaritans helpline is completely confidential and open 24 hours a day, you can call them on 08457 90 90 90.
This policy was passed by a meeting of Student Senate on 25th November 2014.