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Sexual assault and harassment

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by sexual assault or harassment, please read the following information to find out what support and advice is available and how to report an incident. We’ve also provided details for services that can help both on campus and outside BU.

Key information

In case of emergencies

If you find yourself in an emergency situation on campus, please call 01202 962222 from a mobile or 222 from a landline.

General security

For general security enquiries (non-urgent) on campus call 01202 956001 (24/7 365 days a year) or email

Sexual abuse may take many forms. In addition to rape and sexual assault, it includes sexual harassment, i.e. any behaviour that is humiliating, intimidating or hostile, and may include actions like derogatory name-calling, belittling remarks, insults, threats, unwanted personal attention.

It can also include any form of sexual activity that takes place without the other person’s full and informed consent – involving physical contact, words, or photographs online or by text message.  

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, class, or background. The majority of rape and sexual assault are mostly carried out by someone known to the victim; a husband, boyfriend, friend, colleague or family member. 

Sexual violence can also be committed by strangers. If you’ve been sexually assaulted you don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to, however only the police can carry out a formal investigation into these types of matters. 

The university takes a zero-tolerance approach to any form of abuse and will take action against any student who is deemed to have breached the Student Disciplinary Procedures

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