Sexual misconduct is when someone with institutional power acts in a sexually inappropriate way towards someone with less institutional power. If is useful to familiarise yourself with the full definition. If you know someone who is experiencing sexual misconduct at Goldsmiths, there are a number of ways you can support them.
It is never ok for someone to make you feel pressured into doing something that you do not want to.
Goldsmiths takes sexual misconduct very seriously and will take action to respond to/prevent it from happening.
- Finding a safe space. If possible, try and find somewhere they feel safe. If this isn't possible and they are on campus they can call security on 020 7919 7105 or our campus support officers on 020 7919 7284. Campus support officers works out of hours as a first point of contact for absolutely anything, seven days a week 6pm to 6am.
- Listen. Just taking the time to listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These six active listening tips might help you support them.
Published on Oct 4, 2015 Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening
- Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
- Goldsmiths Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLO). Our SVLO's are specifically trained and available for advice and guidance on further support options and for ongoing wellbeing support for students. Appointments can be booked through the Student Wellbeing Service by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the Goldsmith’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support by filling in the form with your contact details.
University Procedure. If you choose to name a member of staff or a student in a report to Goldsmiths, there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow. This may include Goldsmiths carrying out conduct investigations.