The University of Plymouth does not tolerate sexual violence and misconduct (SVM). We are committed to providing an environment where all members of our community feel safe, are respected, and can study, work and live free from harm.
The Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy aims to help and protect students by:
- Providing a definition of sexual violence and misconduct, along with examples of inappropriate behaviour
- Outlining the support available to students
- Explaining the choices available to you if you have experienced any form of SVM.
This policy links with the Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure which will be referred to and followed for complaints made about students. Any complaints about members of staff will be referred to the Staff Disciplinary Policy and Procedure.
We understand that trying to get to grips with the meaning of key phrases when it comes to Sexual Violence and Misconduct and University policies can be confusing.
For various legal reasons and for consistency across departments, the University has adopted a glossary of key terms to ensure that everyone is working to the same definitions. This glossary is regularly updated to reflect the evolution of our language on often emotive topics and we welcome feedback from our staff, students and community.