Disclosure guidance for staff
If you are approached by a student for advice and support in relation to any unwanted behaviour that may involve sexual harassment or with regards to an alleged sexual assault, please outline the options available to them:
You can offer to bring them along to Student Services at Eden Court or call the Advice and Support Centre (2020) and Student Services staff will either come along to meet the student or make an immediate appointment for them. For out of hours, please call 01334 476161 and ask to speak to the Student Services duty manager.
Please be aware that if you ask a lot of questions regarding the incident, or note anything down, you may be called as a witness if the student reports the incident to the police.
If a student sends a School an email reporting this in the context of an academic adjustment, such as deferred coursework submission, please reply to the email with sensitivity and include the following link: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/personal/sexual-misconduct/. Copy Student Services into the email (email@example.com) and let the student know that someone from Student Services will contact them.
Please reassure the student that the University recognises the importance of privacy in cases where sexual misconduct is alleged. Confidentiality will be maintained as far as possible unless otherwise agreed. The University will not normally report details of an incident of sexual misconduct to the police without the complainant’s permission. However, in exceptional circumstances the University may exercise its right to pass information to the police where there is believed to be a continuing risk to the student reporting the incident or a risk to others.