Experiencing violence and assault is never okay. If you or someone you know has been experienced violence and/or assault, then we encourage you to seek support.

Some forms of assault may also constitute criminal offences, or hate crime.  Some forms of verbal or physical assault are considered a Hate Crime.  All forms of assault and hate crime are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Dignity at Work and Study Policy.

Verbal assault

Verbal assault makes it an offence to use threatening, abusive or insulting language with the intention of causing someone else harassment, alarm or distress.

Physical assault

Is an assault is any act by which a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to suffer or apprehend immediate unlawful violence. The term assault is often used to include a battery, which is committed by the intentional or reckless application of unlawful force to another person.

Sexual assault
Sexual assault is a criminal offence and contrary to the university grievance and disciplinary procedures. A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent. 
It involves all unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature and ranges from pinching, embracing, groping and kissing, to rape and sexual assault which involves penetration without consent. 
Consent is agreeing by choice and having the freedom and capacity to make that choice. 
A person is free to make a choice if nothing bad would happen to them if they said no. 
Capacity is about whether someone is physically and/or mentally able to make a choice and to understand the consequences of that choice. 


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