Sexual misconduct – advice and guidance for students

The University is committed to providing a safe environment that allows the confidence to work, study, innovate and excel without fear of sexual misconduct being used against you.

People of any sex or sexual orientation are protected and supported by the University of St Andrews Sexual Misconduct Policy Statement (PDF, 198 KB).

If you, or someone you know, has experienced any form of sexual misconduct against them please contact Student Services for help and advice from a specially trained adviser.

Sexual misconduct covers a broad range of inappropriate, unwanted, behaviour. From the most severe forms of sexual violence including rape and sexual assault, it also extends to unwanted touching, stalking, abusive or degrading remarks and across the vast range of inappropriate behaviour in between. Whilst detailing all the behaviour covered by this policy would be impossible, the common thread is the disregard of informed consent. Consent is always required and cannot be assumed based on the parties’ relationship status or sexual history together. 

Comprehensive information on the legal definitions of consent and various forms of sexual misconduct is available in the Scottish Government's publication Information and Help After Rape and Sexual Assault. This also includes how rape and sexual assault might affect you, how to look after yourself, how the legal system works in Scotland and where to get help and more information on a national basis.


Guidance for students accused of sexual misconduct

The University’s Duty of Care extends to both alleged victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual misconduct. 

Find out about the University's duty to support students accused of sexual misconduct