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Sexual Violence, Harassment & Bullying

Harassment, bullying, and threatening behaviour 

You have the right to pursue your studies free from harassment, bullying, or threatening behaviour. Linacre College does not tolerate harassment, bullying or victimisation.  You can read the College Policy and Procedure on Harassment here. 

Harassment and bullying occur when another student, an academic, or another member of staff engages in unwanted words or actions that violate your dignity or create an environment that is degrading, hostile, offensive or humiliating.  (Technically, harassment is distinguished from bullying in that harassment is based on one of the characteristics that is ‘protected’ under UK law:  age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.) 

The College has appointed seven advisors (four senior, two student and one staff member) who are ready to advise, in complete confidence, on any problems which might arise from alleged or apparent breaches of the policy. The advisors are: 


Senior Advisors: 

Dr Nick Brown, Dr Jane Hoverd, Dr Heath Rose, Dr Clara Barker 

Student Advisors: 

President of the Common Room and Welfare Officer 

Staff Advisor: 

Domestic Bursar 

Any of these advisors can be approached by students. 

The University’s confidential Harassment Advisor Network can also help. If you are worried about someone else’s behaviour towards you, you can consult a Harassment Advisor even if you are not sure whether what has happened counts as harassment or bullying.  The Advisor will listen to you sympathetically and confidentially, and help you to come to your own decision.   

You can ask for a Harassment Advisor outside your College or Department, an advisor specialised in relationship abuse or sexual violence, or an advisor who is BME or LGBTQ+. Call 01865 270760 or email 

Remember that you can also speak to a Linacre Peer Supporter about problems of this kind.

The College never uses Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) or any other means of preventing its members from coming forward to raise complaints or discuss their experiences, including in relation to cases of harassment and sexual misconduct. The College offers students non-contact arrangements. These are practical arrangements that recognise that students in the college community can be in conflict and that maintaining a separation between them can be helpful. They are agreed practical steps that maintain this separation but also fair and equitable access to facilities. Non-contact arrangements do not restrict students from speaking about their experiences with those who are not directly party to these arrangements, and expire when either party ceases to be a student.

Sexual assault 

Any sexual act that a person does not consent to, whether or not it involves violence, is a crime. Most sexual assaults are carried out by someone known to the victim. Anyone can be sexually assaulted: women, men, old and young. 

If you have been sexually assaulted, the University and College can support you. 

In case of emergency you can phone (01865) (2)71650 between 08:30 and 18:00 Monday to Friday or the College Emergency Mobile Number 07837 142095 outside these times. You should say that you need to speak urgently to a College Welfare Officer and you should leave a number on which you can be contacted. 

The University Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is an all-in-one provision for any students regardless of age or gender who have been affected by sexual harassment or violence. It provides free support and advice, along with a safe place to be heard independent of your college or department. 

It supports all students in all situations, whether the experiences of sexual harassment or violence happened in Oxford or elsewhere, and whether it was recent or in the past. It will support you at your pace and will help you to explore your options, and it will support you whatever you choose to do. 

For further information see: Student Welfare & Support Services (SWSS) have produced a simple and easy to use flowchart when responding to instances of sexual violence. It can be viewed here. 

If you would like to chat confidentially about contacting the service, or if you would like someone from College to attend with you, please email: 
Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre offers a free and confidential service to women and girls who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them. 

The Thames Valley Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service is an independent, confidential advice centre where you can get non-judgmental advice about a sexual assault. The centre is funded by the Thames Valley Police, but you will NOT be obliged to report your assault to the police if you don't want to.  Trained specialist advisors work with women and men, including heterosexual, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all backgrounds and ages.  

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