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Durham University

Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Prevention and Response

Policy & Procedure

Sexual misconduct and violence is defined as any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. It is an umbrella term used to represent a range of related behaviours which can include, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, ‘revenge porn’, domestic abuse, stalking, and coercive and controlling behaviour. It does not necessarily have to occur in person, and is characterised by an absence of consent.

We define consent as an agreement to engage in a sexual act. For consent to exist, you must have the freedom and capacity to make your own decisions. This can be inhibited by consuming drugs or alcohol, or if consent is only given as a result of force or coercion. It cannot be assumed to exist, and it may be withdrawn at any time.

At Durham University, we recognise that incidents of sexual misconduct and violence can happen within our community. That is why we are committed to promoting a culture in which those who are involved in an incident of sexual misconduct are given the support and information that they need in order to move forward. We thoroughly address all incidents of sexual misconduct, to ensure that we preserve a safe environment for our students and staff to work and study.

Please click on the links below to access the full policy and procedure documents.

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