Respect and consent
Respect at NTU – Give it. Get it. Expect it
We encourage all members of the NTU community to be aware of their behaviour and interaction with others - and of the impact this may have. Discriminatory and negative behaviour is not tolerated and may also be unlawful. This includes:
- misogyny / misandry
- sexual assault
- sexual violence.
It also includes the use of social media to demean and humiliate. Behaviour that breaches the Student Code of Behaviour can result in very serious consequences, including expulsion from the University.
Consent is everything
Sexual consent is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity, having the freedom and capacity to make the choice. To be able to give your consent you should be sure that it is your decision and not one you have been pressured to make. It's not enough to just assume someone wants sex - consent must be sought as well as freely given. The law in Britain says that both people need to give their consent before sex or any physical closeness. If you are thinking about having sex with someone who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, stop and think: are they in a position to give their consent freely?
Find out more about the NTSU Consent is Everything campaign.
The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a social media campaign to get people talking about consent to sex within the context of sexual assault and rape, with a '#ConsentIs' guide to help people understand consent.
If you are concerned that you may have been the victim of a sexual assault or violence in a relationship, there are a number of services that can help you:
The Topaz Centre, Nottinghamshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre
A specialist 24/7 service for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Visit the Topaz Centre website or contact them via email or telephone, on 0845 600 1588.
Nottingham Rape Crisis
helpline and counselling for female survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Visit Rape Crisis website or telephone 0115 941 0440.
Offers support for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or adult assault/rape. Visit Survivors UK website or telephone 0203 598 3898.
Visit Women's Aid website or telephone the domestic violence helpline on 0808 8000 340.
Advice and guidance at NTU
If you believe that you have been a victim of sexual harassment or assault, there are several points of advice and guidance available to you at NTU:
Student Accommodation Services
If you are a resident in NTU accommodation, your residence manager can provide initial advice and guidance. During evenings and weekends, the facilities officer on duty can refer you to the University's warden service for initial support.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services can provide confidential guidance and support to all students on consent and assault matters, including information on specialist services and support with practical and academic matters. You can make contact via email or via telephone 0115 848 6880.
Dignity and Respect contacts
Dignity and Respect Contacts provide a confidential, informal and timely source of information and support on harassment and/or bullying issues, which will enable students to discuss and select appropriate solutions to complaints, in accordance with University policies and procedures. To make an appointment to talk to one of the Dignity and Respect contacts, or to obtain further information contact the team via email or telephone 0115 848 3776.
Visit the Respect not Fear website for more information about healthy relationships and keeping safe.