Guild Policy
Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment
Summary
This paper outlines the Guild’s policy on ‘zero tolerance’ towards sexual harassment.
Charitable Objectives
Background
This policy is an up-dated version of the current zero tolerance to sexual harassment, due to expire December
2014.
The Guild believes that students have the right to the best experience in an environment they can feel happy
safe and protected in.
The Guild condemns sexual harassment where it is defined as unwanted, persistent and of a sexual nature.
Examples of this unacceptable behaviour, according to the NUS, include;
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Unwanted sexual comments (including comments about your body and/or private life).
Unwelcome sexual invitations, innuendos and/or offensive gestures.
Wolf-whistling, cat-calling or offensive sexual noises.
Groping, pinching or smacking of your body.
Having your clothing handled without your consent.
Someone exposing their sexual organs without your consent.
Furthermore, The Guild does not condone any behaviour that may encourage, trivialise or normalise sexual
harassment in any way.
Commitments
The Guild resolves that sexual harassment, as defined above, will not be tolerated and that those who commit
acts of sexual harassment should be stopped and disciplined for their actions.
The Guild resolves to adopt the below plan of action:
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Have a clear reporting pathway that all students and staff are aware of.
To highlight where students who are victims of sexual harassment can receive help through our website
and through inclusion in any training.
To provide full training on the policy and reporting pathways for all full-time staff and Student Officers
annually or upon arrival.
To provide full training on the policy and reporting pathways at society and course rep training, as well as
student-staff induction days.
To communicate the policy and reporting pathways via our website.
To raise awareness of the policy and reporting pathways through physical mechanisms, such as posters,
wristbands and pin-badges, as part of student-staff uniform.
To publicise the renewal of the policy and new reporting pathways through our media outlets.
To ensure all events, whether run by the Guild or an external company using the Guild building, comply
with the policy and do not conflict with the measures we are taking to prevent these kinds of behaviours.
This includes banning of events and practices that encourage sexual harassment e.g. ‘Pimps ‘n’ Hoes’
themes.
Liverpool Guild of Students
160 Mount Pleasant, L3 5TR
+44 (0) 151 794 6868
www.liverpoolguild.org
Charity Number: 1137398
Company Number: 07324992
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To ensure that tickets to any event run by the Guild, a society, or an external company within the building,
mention our Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment policy.
To communicate the policy and reporting pathways to all attendees of any event by the appropriate
means.
Research/ Supporting Information
NUS Hidden Marks Survey 2010
‘That’s what she said’ NUS Report
Liverpool Guild of Students
160 Mount Pleasant, L3 5TR
+44 (0) 151 794 6868
www.liverpoolguild.org
Charity Number: 1137398
Company Number: 07324992
Liverpool Guild of Students
160 Mount Pleasant, L3 5TR
+44 (0) 151 794 6868
www.liverpoolguild.org
Charity Number: 1137398
Company Number: 07324992
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Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment