Advice and guidance for students who have been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment or hate crime
Students who have been accused of an offence can access advice and guidance from Student Welfare Advice and Guidance and the Guild of Students' Advice Service, both of whom can advise on options and, where required, support the student through disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
Students accused of a criminal or disciplinary offence can speak to experienced advisers in Student Welfare Advice and Guidance for information about the processes and next steps. They can also seek independent advice from the Guild of Students’ Advice Service. Both Student Welfare Advice and Guidance and the Guild of Students will normally provide separate named contacts to students involved on opposite sides of a disciplinary case, and all records will be kept confidential.
Students who have been accused of a sexual offence or sexual misconduct should download the University’s guidance document: Guidance for students who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
- Students who have been charged or cautioned by the police, or questioned in an investigation that may lead to them being charged with a crime, must disclose this to the University using the Criminal Offences Declaration Form. This is to allow the University to assess the risk to any students or staff, and put appropriate risk mitigation activities in place.
- Where an allegation has been made against a student, the University is likely to convene a Risk Assessment Panel to determine appropriate precautionary measures to put in place until the investigation is concluded. The Risk Assessment Panel may impose certain restrictions on students who have been accused, and failure to comply with a precautionary measure may lead to further disciplinary action.
If the University is taking disciplinary action against you under the Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline, you are strongly advised to seek independent advice from the Guild of Students’ Advice Service, who can provide you with advice and guidance throughout the process.
Guild of Students Advice Service
0151 794 6868
Student Welfare Advice and Guidance
0151 794 5863