Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which violates your dignity, makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Sexual harassment is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are scared or fearful you can call security on 01772 892068 if you’re on campus.
- The AAA Taxis ‘Take Me Home’ scheme allows you to use your UCLan ID Card as a deposit for journeys of £8 and under around Preston City Centre and the university area and pay later. You can reclaim your Card later from the Student Union Finance Office. The number for AAA Taxis is 01772 555444.
- What is sexual harassment It might be useful to think about what sexual harassment is and how some of the behaviours are described.
- Ask For Angela The ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme is nationwide and encourages anyone who may feel uncomfortable, unsafe or vulnerable while out in the city centre to ‘Ask for Angela’. Those situations could range from people meeting in person for the first time, predominantly, after making contact through online dating websites and apps; feeling unsafe due to excessive alcohol consumption or concerned about being followed while walking through the city centre.
If people do not feel comfortable or have received unwelcome advances, they can approach a member of staff at one of the 52 establishments in Preston and ask if ‘Angela’ is in. Trained staff will then take them into to a safe area where they can explain their issue and get a taxi, friend or family member to pick them up. The employee can then tell the other person to leave or call police if they believe a criminal offence has occurred.
- To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
- To a Wellbeing Advisor A Wellbeing advisor can provide wellbeing support for a range of issues that affect students, including sexual assault and harassment. The support they offer includes putting students in touch with external and internal support services and putting a wellbeing plan in place.
- To Human Resources who can provide advice, guidance and signposting for staff.
- UCLan Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre. This is a free, confidential, impartial service where students can get advice and information on academic and personal issues, including advice on procedures and representation at hearings.
- Report and Support Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. They can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
- University Procedure If they choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow.
- To the Police The Police urge anyone who is being affected by stalking to contact them on 101 or ring The National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300. All reports will be taken seriously and dealt with robustly.
- UCLan Burnley students can contact Burnley Police Station directly.
- UCLan Westlakes Campus students can view the Cumbria Police site for information on how the Police can offer support.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 in 4 people is affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people has contemplated suicide or self-harm. Experiencing sexual harassment can have detrimental effect on a person’s mental wellbeing. If you are worried or concerned about the impact on your mental wellbeing, find out more about support available.
Take care of yourself
It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Student Wellbeing Service offers confidential help to students. If you are a member of staff, you can email the Staff Counselling service to request an appointment.