Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour which compromises your dignity and makes you feel offended, humiliated, intimidated or threatened. Sexual harassment may be verbal, non-verbal or physical. It can range from rude remarks about your appearance to violence and assault. Edinburgh Napier University has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment within our community.
INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST SUPPORT:
If you are being sexually harassed, there are support services you can call or visit.
- Citizens Advice Scotland. Advice on Sexual harassment.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission.
REPORTING TO THE POLICE:
Sexual harassment is not a criminal offence however If you’re being harassed and feel you're in danger you should contact the police.
‘Upskirting’ has been a criminal offence in Scotland since 2010 when it was listed under the broadened definition of voyeurism.
Please report your concerns to Police Scotland at your local police station. You can also call the police non-urgently to report something of concern or even discuss a situation on 101, online or via 999 if it is an emergency.
You can also report the incident anonymously by calling crime stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111
FIND OUT MORE:
Further information about personal safety including on Stalking from Police Scotland.
EDINBURGH NAPIER SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS & STAFF:
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. The purpose of this system is to provide support in the event of sexual violence or harassment. You can also choose to make an anonymous report.
- Student Code of Conduct – this explains more about how the University can respond to any complaints of harassment.
- Student Counselling and Mental Wellbeing. The team is here to help and support students throughout their time at University.
- Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA) ENSA employs a team of professional advisers to provide one-to-one advice to Edinburgh Napier University students. It’s a free and comprehensive welfare rights and education service. They can offer information, support and advice and signposting and referral to more specialist services.
- Staff Dignity at Work Policy – contact HR for further advice and support.
- MCL Medics. This service for staff offers a free, confidential and independent resource to help employees balance their work, family and personal lives. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, e-mail or online and provides information, resources and counselling
OTHER SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
- Samaritans are available to talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. You don't have to be suicidal. Call: 116 123. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Breathing Space where experienced advisors will listen and offer information and advice. Call their Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87 Opening hours: Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am. Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am