What to do if you have been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence or hate crime.
The UCLan Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre are independent from the university and can advise on options, represent students at university disciplinary hearings where appropriate and for any criminal proceedings will advise students to contact a solicitor.
Both the Student Wellbeing service and the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre will normally provide separate named contacts to students involved on opposite sides of a disciplinary case and all records will be kept confidential.
Students will be treated impartially and will be provided the same level of support, regardless of the nature of their referral. However in cases where a disclosure is made to us of an allegation that has been made against a student, we will need to make relevant services in the university aware so that any necessary interim measures can be put in place in order to safeguard other students. As an example, we may be required to inform the Academic Quality and Compliance team who may begin their own internal investigation, if appropriate to look at the best course of action going forward.
Declaring a criminal conviction.
Students are required to declare any relevant criminal convictions, cautions or warnings that they become subject to during their period of enrolment to their Head of School. This is to enable the University to safeguard its community. Relevant convictions include those for offences against the person whether of a violent or sexual nature, or convictions for commercial drug dealing or trafficking.
The Head of School will decide whether there are any implications in relation to the student’s course or their standing with the University. The University may take action where the conviction contravenes the Regulations for the Conduct of Students.
Failure to disclose a relevant criminal conviction during the enrolment period may constitute a disciplinary offence.
Any disclosure information relating to a criminal conviction will be handled in accordance with data protection legislation and advice from relevant external agencies.
For students who are on professionally regulated courses, they are required to declare all criminal convictions that they become subject to during their period of enrolment including cautions, warnings, bind-over orders and spent sentences, and should consult course regulations.
I have been accused of bullying or discrimination.
UCLan recognises and values individual difference and has a public duty to promote equality and remove discrimination on various grounds including age, disability, gender, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief and gender or sexual orientation. UCLan expects students to be able to do the following during their time at university:
- experience "an integrated community based on mutual respect and tolerance where all staff and students can feel safe, valued and supported."
- contribute to creating a positive environment where discriminatory practices and discrimination no longer happen.
Students who have been accused of bullying or harassment who are called to attend a hearing are encouraged to contact the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre to request an advisor to attend the hearing with them.
The UCLan Mediation Clinic
offers an alternative dispute resolution approach; it is confidential and can help resolve a disagreement or conflict, with a colleague in the work place or a fellow student. It has been set up by students for students and offers mediation which is a tool used to deal with conflict and disagreements. The session is facilitated by an impartial mediator who will help the parties to resolve the conflict. All parties have to be willing to take part and can leave the process at any time. Colleagues who have been accused of something.
If a colleague or student has made an allegation against you, you will be notified as soon as possible. Human Resources
will advise you as to the process being followed. You may also wish to contact your Trade Union
representative for further advice and support. Any allegation against you can be distressing and you may wish to access the Staff Counselling Service