It can be very distressing if you have been accused of sexual violence, sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct.
The college will not make assumptions on the relative merits of a report. No party will be considered ‘at fault’ until a report has been reviewed and/or investigated. All those involved will be treated fairly and offered advice and support. Find out more by reading our policy and procedures.
It might be useful to read about some of the behaviours that describe:
- Sexual Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Misconduct
- Domestic Violence
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or with contact details. If you choose to report with contact details someone can talk you through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
- What happens when something is reported. When a report is made about a student or a member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps Goldsmiths may take. You can read about them in Goldsmiths Policy on Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
- Investigation and Disciplinary Action. When behaviour breaches Goldsmiths policies disciplinary action make be taken. Should it need to be, a fair in investigation will take place, the details of how these investigations take place can be found in the student code of conduct and the staff disciplinary policies.
Goldsmiths Support for Students
- Goldsmiths Wellbeing Team. The wellbeing team are available for advice and guidance for specific issues and for ongoing wellbeing support for students. They can support you if you have been accused. Appointments can be booked through the Student Wellbeing Service by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- SU Advice Team. The Students' Union provides a confidential, non-judgemental and free service available to all Goldsmiths Students. It is independent from the university, so issues with the advice service will not appear on your Goldsmiths file without your consent. The advice team provides specialist advice and support on academic issues such as concerns about your university experience, formal complaints and appeals, disciplinary hearings and academic misconduct investigations
- Campus Support Officers. This staff team works out of hours as a first point of contact for absolutely anything, seven days a week 6pm to 6am. They are based in Loring Management Centre (Accommodation Office/Security), in St James. You can contact them on 020 7919 7284 or email@example.com 6pm - 6am
Goldsmiths Support for Staff
- Staff Assistance Programme. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year support
o Confidential support, and is independent from Goldsmiths
o Accessible via phone, e-mail, instant messaging and website
o No cost to you
o Professional consultation, counselling, information, resources and referrals to services in your local area
o No limit to the number of issues you can get support on
- Staff Counsellor. The staff counselling service aims to offer support promptly.
- Trade Unions. Goldsmiths recognises two campus trade unions. UNISON and UCU. Staff who are members can contact them for support and advice.
- Staff Wellbeing. Goldsmiths has a staff wellbeing hub on Goldmine where you can find a variety of initiatives developed to support staff.
Other sources of support
- Samaritans. Talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. Tel: 116 123 (24 hours)
- Lewisham Citizens Advice. (available in other boroughs too): offering advice around Welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing, immigration and other generalist advice etc
- Law Centres Network. For free legal advice on a range of issue
- Respect. A confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Tel: 0808 802 4040 (open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm). A The webchat service is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm.