It can be very distressing if you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship abuse or stalking.
The University will not make assumptions on the relative merits of a complaint. No party will be considered ‘at fault’ until a complaint has been investigated. All those involved in a complaint will be treated fairly and offered advice and support. Find out more on the University Policy.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS A REPORT MADE AGAINST ME?
When a report is made about a student or member of staff, there are procedures which set out the steps that the University may take. Should it need to be, a fair internal investigation will take place. Where behaviour is found to breach RGU policies disciplinary action may be taken.
We will utilise our existing University disciplinary procedures if appropriate.
If a report is received where the University believes there is an ongoing situation where there may be danger to the reporter or anyone else we are obliged to pass that report on externally, for example to the Police, and/or internally within the University.
Please refer to our Policies and Procedures page for more information.
RGU 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 any form of sexual violence, harassment or Hate Crime. You can also choose to make an anonymous report.
- First Responder Scheme. Our support system also includes specially trained members of Robert Gordon University’s staff who can listen and offer support to reported parties as well as those making the complaint.
- Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre. The Counselling & Wellbeing Centre is here to help and support you throughout your time at University.
- Staff Lifeworks Employee Assistance Programme. The EAP service offers confidential independent help, information, and guidance to University staff. It is accessed by telephone or web portal and is totally confidential. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to employees. It also allows for up to six face-to-face counselling sessions, offered near the caller’s home or place of work.
- HR Contacts. If you are a member of staff or staff manager your HR contact will be able to identify the support that is available for you.
- RGU Union provide impartial advice on any matter affecting students, you can contact a Student Advice Coordinator via email email@example.com. Call: 01224 262266
- Trade Unions. RGU recognises campus trade unions including UNISON and UNITE. Staff who are members of a union can contact them for support and advice.
OTHER SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
- RGU Nightline is an anonymous, confidential, non-judgemental and non-advisory listening and information service run for students by students. Call: 01224 26 36 46. Lines are open 8pm to 8am Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat during term time.
- 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
- Respect Phoneline – offers help for domestic abuse perpetrators who want to change. They give confidential advice & support to help you stop being violent.
Open, 9am – 5pm: 0808 8024040 or www.respectphoneline.org.uk
- Mental Health Aberdeen | MHA local mental health and counselling services.
- Penumbra - Supporting Scotland's Mental Health a charity providing dedicated services for people experiencing mild to serious and enduring mental ill health.