Sexual misconduct and harrassment
We acknowledges that across the Higher Education sector and in society in general, there has been significant concern regarding the number of incidents of sexual misconduct being reported.
The University condemns all forms of sexual misconduct and harassment and is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment that is conducive to the academic, social and personal development of the student community here at Hope.
The University wants to encourage a culture of respect, and create a Hope community that does not tolerate, and feels comfortable, challenging and reporting all forms of sexual misconduct and harassment. The following pages are aimed at helping you to make an informed choice about what steps you can take if you, or someone you know, have experienced sexual misconduct and/or harassment.
What is sexual misconduct?
Sexual Misconduct covers a broad range of inappropriate, unwanted behaviours which create (or has the potential to create) an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive situation or environment for the person experiencing the behaviour. Find out more about sexual misconduct.
Sexual consent means when a person is free and able to make his or her own decision to agree willingly to have sex or engage in sexual activity. Find out more about consent.
Getting help and support
It can sometimes be very difficult to tell someone when you have been raped, sexually assaulted, harassed or abused. Read more about how you can get the help and support you need.
Reporting an incident
If you have experienced any form of sexual violence or misconduct, there are a number of options. Find out how you can report an incident.
Intervening as a bystander
The University wants to encourage a culture of respect, and create a Hope community that does not tolerate, and feels comfortable, challenging and reporting all forms of sexual misconduct, harassment and discriminatory behaviour.Find out more about how you can safely intervene in cases of sexual misconduct or harassment.
If somebody makes a disclosure of sexual violence, abuse or harassment to you it will have taken a lot of courage for him or her to do so, and they will have placed a great deal of trust in you. Find out how you can support others if they confide in you.