Further to our conversation via Twitter yesterday, please find below a statement from the University of Exeter:
The welfare of every student is our highest priority and the University takes all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.
The University will not tolerate any form of harassment and is committed to ensuring that everyone on campus is able to work and study without fear of harassment or victimisation. We respond promptly and sensitively to complaints. Where complaints of such a nature are received the University would undertake a disciplinary investigation which could result in serious disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University.
The Students’ Guild is currently promoting a high-profile campaign, called ‘Never Ok’, to educate people that unwelcome sexual advances are never acceptable. The video included actor David Tennant and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.
There are also very clear and well-publicised support systems in place for all students and we would encourage any student who encounters incidents of this nature to report them immediately.
Members of the Residence Life team live in University owned, managed and approved residences and are on call to provide welfare support and guidance whenever required. Each student living in University accommodation is also assigned a Residence Life Mentor. The Residence Life Night Patrol also supports the University’s 24-hour Estate Patrol Security team by visiting residences.
The University provides Dignity and Respect Advisors who offer support for students and the University Wellbeing Service offers support and advice to students who experience personal difficulties.
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