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My.Anglia > Student services > Sexual violence > Support when reporting an incident at Anglia Ruskin

Sexual Violence

How will Anglia Ruskin support me if I report something?

ARU does not tolerate sexual misconduct and abusive behaviour under any circumstances. We will take action when we receive reports of such misconduct and misbehaviour.

You can contact the University by emailing if you have any concerns about the behaviour of others.

We care about your safety. This means we will listen to, acknowledge and address disclosures of sexual misconduct and abusive behaviour we receive from our students.

Sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct includes, but is not an exhaustive list:

  • Sexual intercourse without your consent
  • Attempting to engage in sexual intercourse or engaging in a sexual act without your consent
  • Sharing private sexual materials of another person without their consent by any means
  • Kissing without your consent
  • Touching through clothes without your consent
  • Inappropriately showing sexual organs to another person
  • Repeatedly following another person in a way that give distress
  • Making unwanted remarks of a sexual nature

Abusive behaviour

Abusive behaviour includes:

  • Threats to hurt you
  • Abusive comments relating to an your sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race, pregnancy/maternity, marriage/civil partnership, gender reassignment, disability or age
  • Acting in an intimidating and hostile manner
  • Use of inappropriate language
  • Repeatedly contacting you by phone, email, text or on social networking sites against your wishes

This misconduct and misbehaviour extends to the use of any form of electronic media.

What to do if you have experienced sexual misconduct or abuse

If you have experienced sexual misconduct or abusive behaviour we are committed to supporting you whilst you are studying with us.

If the perpetrator is another ARU student or member of staff, we can, and will, take steps through our procedures. If the perpetrator is another student, our Code of Conduct protects you against perpetrators of sexual misconduct and abuse. These steps include, but are not limited to, expulsion, suspension, exclusion and restrictions on their access to campus.

If the perpetrator is a member of staff, our Human Resource policies enable us to take the appropriate disciplinary action.

If the perpetrator is external to our University, we will discuss with you the appropriate action that we can take. If the person is known to the University, we may be able to follow this up on your behalf. If we cannot follow this up, we can support you in taking your case to the police.

To discuss things further please contact A member of our team of trained Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) will then be able to arrange to speak with you further in confidence. Their role is to help you to explore the options available to you and support you with whatever steps you decide to take next.