Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature and is the inappropriate use of sexual comments or activities in all environments of university life. Sexual harassment can violate your dignity, make you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated and can create an unpleasant environment for everyone. It is totally unacceptable and anyone who reports an incident will always be believed and supported.
Here are some (but not all) forms of sexual harassment:
- Emphasising the sex of a person or group in a negative way
- Suggestive and/or unwelcome sexual comments or gestures
- Unnecessary and/or unwelcome physical contact
- Pulling at or lifting someone's clothing and/or exposing their body (in public or private) without consent
- Unwelcome, sexually explicit comments or language via the internet
- Displaying or sending pornographic, degrading or indecent images electronically
"Upskirting" (also known as a "creepshot") is a more recent phenomena that involves someone taking a photograph underneath a person's skirt without their permission. This recent trend in behaviour is not currently a specific offence in the UK and Wales, however, it does violate the Student Code of Conduct and the Dignity at Work and Study Policy. If you witness or become a victim of such behaviour then you may report it through the report page on the online report and support system.
What to do if you are affected by any of these issues
- Experience serious assault or sexual violence and are hurt or in danger
- Witness a serious assault or sexual violence and the person involved is hurt or in danger
Then you must seek help immediately. If you are on campus then you should report it to the university in the first instance and they will call the emergency services if necessary.
If you are on:
Docklands campus contact 0208 223 5599
Stratford campus contact 0208 223 4073
USS campus contact 0208 223 7888
If it is a non-emergency then you can report it online and someone will contact you within 3 working days, or you may decide to report an incident anonymously. This means that the incident will be logged for statistical purposes, however we are unable to take any direct action on anonymous reports.