Report an incident of sexual violence or harassment
You can submit a report to tell us about an incident of sexual violence or harassment.
This can be an incident that affected you, a colleague or a student.
A member of the Equality & Diversity Unit will initially review each report.
If you would prefer to speak to someone, you can contact your local HR team.
Definitions of sexual violence
Sexual violence is defined as: "any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work" (World Health Organisation).
Supporting a survivor of sexual violence
If a student is a survivor of sexual violence, you can be an important source of support.
What you can do:
- To respond effectively to a disclosure of sexual violence, you should provide a safe space that empowers the survivor to access what they need.
- Let the survivor take the lead- it is important that they are in control.
- Refer the survivor to sources of professional support.
- Look after yourself too.
Things to remember:
- It is important not to be judgemental, show disbelief or 'victim blame'. Don't probe for details, and don't try to take control.
- Don't push them into making decisions such as reporting to the police if they don't want to.
- Don't try to fix the problem, just show that you believe the survivor and ask them what they want to happen.
- Don't cast doubt on the disclosure. Less than 3% of sexual violence allegations are proven to be false.
On-campus emergency contacts
University campus security:
- Gilmorehill: 0141 330 4444 (ext. 4444)
- Garscube: 0141 330 2222 (ext. 2222)
Off-campus emergency contacts
Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02 (only between 6pm and midnight)
- 999 (emergency)
- 101 (non-emergency)
Independent review of the University's approach to addressing gender-based violence
In 2022, Morag Ross KC undertook a thorough investigation and review of the University’s current staff and student procedures and support arrangements in relation to gender-based violence.