Report an incident
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, harassment or hate crime, support is available: see this section for more information. You may wish to report the incident to the Police to pursue criminal proceedings, or to the University who may pursue disciplinary proceedings: see this section for information about criminal and disciplinary proceedings.
You can seek support from the University for incidents that have occurred at any time in your life. We know that it can be a difficult decision to come forward and talk about it, but Student Welfare Advice and Guidance are here for you when you are ready.
In an emergency
In cases of emergency, contact Campus Support on 0151 794 2222. Campus Support operates to ensure a safe and secure crime-free environment within the University community, through the provision of a proactive and vigilant Campus Support team. Campus Support can also arrange for access to buildings and secure spaces, e.g. for police or ambulance staff.
If an emergency occurs off campus, contact the Police and/or Ambulance service on 999.
Reporting to the University
If you wish to report an incident of sexual assault, harassment or hate crime to the University, please contact Student Welfare Advice and Guidance by phone, email or in person at the Alsop Building on University Square.
Student Welfare Advice and Guidance
0151 795 7879 (reception)
All reports will be treated sensitively and confidentially by our advisers, although in some circumstances information must be shared with a Risk Assessment Panel in order to ensure the safety of all staff and students. This will be the case where the alleged perpetrator is a University of Liverpool student or a member of staff. You can read our confidentiality policy here.
If you report an incident to the University, you will be offered a meeting with an experienced member of Student Welfare Advice and Guidance, who will discuss your options with you and will be able to offer appropriate practical support for your circumstances. This member of staff will also be able to arrange for or refer you to additional support depending on your needs, and can liaise with other departments in the university on your behalf.
Sometimes Student Welfare Advice and Guidance will receive reports from members of staff in other departments. In these cases, we will follow up with you to offer support.
Making a complaint
If the alleged perpetrator is a University of Liverpool student or a member of staff, the University has the power to investigate the matter under its staff or student disciplinary procedures. If you wish to make a complaint against another student or a member of staff, you can do so formally through the Student Complaints Policy and Procedure. Advice on making a complaint is available from Student Welfare Advice and Guidance. Students can also seek independent advice and support throughout the complaints and/or disciplinary process through the Guild of Students.
Student Welfare Advice and Guidance: email@example.com / 0151 795 7879
Guild Advice Service: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0151 794 6868
Reporting to the Police
If you wish to report an incident of sexual assault, harassment or hate crime to the Police, you can do so directly by calling 999 (for emergencies) or 101 (for non-emergencies). There is also the option of reporting online for non-emergencies. You could also drop into your local police station: see here for information about how to find it (within Liverpool).
You can also seek support from the University to make your report to the Police: contact Student Welfare Advice and Guidance (as above).
If you are reporting a sexual assault, you may wish to contact Safe Place Merseyside. Safe Place provide specialist support for anyone who has been sexually assaulted, recently or in the past, and they can support you to liaise with the Police if you wish.
Safe Place Merseyside
0151 295 3550
The University may occasionally receive information from the Police about an incident involving a member of staff or a student, and depending on the nature of the incident this may trigger a Risk Assessment Panel.