Sexual harassment is never ok. 

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's Harassment and Bullying Procedure


Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).  If you are on campus, you should tell Security (01483 683333) that the emergency services are on their way and give details of your location. 

Find a safe space: if an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. If you are on campus this isn't possible you can call Security on 01483 683333. 

What is sexual harassment? It might be useful to think about what sexual harassment is and how some of the behaviours are described.  


To a friend or family member: talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 

Security: some members of our Security team are trained to receive disclosures of sexual harassment. All officers can talk through the University's procedures, how to make a report and what support is available. 

University of Surrey Students’ Union (USSU) can talk students through what options are available and support you through the process. This support includes attending any meetings with the University. 

Trade unions are organised groups of workers who come together to support each other in the workplace. The University of Surrey recognises three campus trade unions: Unison, UCU and Unite. 


Any incident of sexual harassment, including those experienced online, can be reported. 

Report and Support: students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from a member of staff. The University takes every report seriously and carefully considers what action to take. 

Get support 

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 Centre for Wellbeing offers confidential help and is open to students.

The Employee Assistance Programme, BHSF RISE, gives staff access to free personalised, on-demand advice and support from a team of mental health, financial and legal experts, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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