How to Report: Your Options

If your physical safety is in danger or if you are in need of immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.

The following section contains information on your options to report sexual misconduct.  Please read the entire page, so you aware of all the options available to you.  If you are unsure of whether you want to make a report and would like to learn more about your options, or you simply want to access support, please follow this link for details of the support services that can help you.   

Sexual misconduct reporting options (PDF, 119 KB)

1. Reporting to the University  

  • Email support.advice@st-andrews.ac.uk with the subject ‘Support, Report’ and one of our specially trained advisers will contact you.
  • Use Student Services' online booking system to make an appointment with one of our specially trained advisers.
  • Call the Wardennial team in your hall of residence during evenings and weekends – all Wardennial staff are trained to help.

 What you can expect from us:

  • We will take you seriously and respect your feelings and decisions.
  • We will actively ensure you have access to the best specialist support.
  • We will take all reasonable action relative to your physical safety which might include reviewing accommodation arrangements, adjusting academic timetables, or ensuring safe transport.

 What we will do

  • We will undertake a conduct risk assessment (Policy on Student Conduct Risk Management (PDF, 30 KB)in cases where:
    • You do not wish to involve the police but would like to ask the University to take action.
    • You have reported the incident to the police (regardless of the outcome).
    • Please note the University is unable to take any action against the alleged perpetrator if you wish to remain anonymous (see below for more information about anonymous reporting).  
  • We will review your request for the case to be reviewed under the University’s disciplinary code Non-Academic Misconduct Policy (Students) (PDF, 1,051 KB). This is a separate process to the conduct risk assessment and one which investigates breaches of the University’s code of conduct.
  • We will follow the Universities UK Guidance on How To Handle Alleged Student Misconduct Which May Also Constitute A Criminal Offence, also known as the Pinsent Masons Guidance (PDF, 4,163 KB)
  • We can facilitate your contacting the Police and support you through the process, should you wish to follow this route.  We will not report the incident/s to the Police without your permission, however we may in exceptional circumstances exercise our right to pass information to the Police where there is believed to be a continuing risk to you or to others.
  • We can arrange emergency accommodation:
    • During work hours call 01334 462020 and ask to speak to a Student Services Manager.
    • At night and over the weekend call 01334 476161 and ask to speak to the duty Warden or speak to the Warden in your Hall of Residence.

2. Reporting to the Police

  • Call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

If you make a report to the Police, you can ask a specially trained adviser from Student Services to accompany you; they will support you throughout the process. You can also choose to access support from an external specialist service, such as Rape Crisis. For more information on the range of support available to you, please read our Support page.

The Police are committed to providing a sensitive service which takes account of the trauma of sexual violence.  Please visit this link for Information after sexual assault (PDF, 316 KB) to learn more about how Police Scotland respond to reports of sexual misconduct.

If you contact the Police regarding a sexual misconduct allegation:

  1. An initial report will be taken - you can ask to speak to a female or male officer and can take someone with you for support.
  2. If you report the assault immediately, take a change of clothes and shoes with you in case the Police keep the ones you are wearing.
  3. A Sexual Offences Liaison Officer (SOLO) will be assigned to you
  4. A full statement will be taken and an medical examination arranged where appropriate.  
  5. CID officers will carry out detailed enquiries including interviews with any witnesses and the accused.
    1. if there is insufficient evidence at this point, the case will not be taken forward and you will be informed of this.
    2. if there is sufficient evidence, the Police will send a report to the Procurator Fiscal who will be make a preliminary decision on the case.
  6. Police Scotland will ensure you have the opportunity to obtain support from a specialist external service, for example Rape Crisis.
  7. Please note: if, at a later date, you do not want to go ahead with a criminal case, you wishes will be taken into account but the police may decide to continue with the investigation.

Further information:

SARN in Dundee offers the opportunity for women to be referred for forensic medical examination following a rape and/or sexual assault who do not wish to report the incident to the police at that time but may wish to do so in the future (within 8 years).  The sexual assault referral network (PDF, 271 KB) leaflet has details on how to access SARN.  

As forensic evidence can be vital for the Police investigation, put your clothes and any other evidence in a plastic bag.  Try and avoid drinking anything, particularly alcohol.

If you make a report to the Police, you can ask a specially trained adviser from Student Services to accompany you; they will support you throughout the process.  You can also choose to access support from an external specialist service, such as Rape Crisis.  For more information on the range of support available to you, please read our Support page.

3. Making an anonymous report

The University cannot undertake any action in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct without your full support.  This means you will not be able to remain anonymous if you wish to proceed with a risk assessment or request discliplinary action.

If you want to submit an anonymous report about a crime, you can contact CrimeStoppers where your anonymity is 100% guaranteed.