We can all play a part in maintaining a safe and welcoming community for everyone who studies, works and lives here.
Whether you’re a student living on campus, renting privately in the local area, or just passing through to socialise or work, you’re a part of this community. You have a responsibility to keep it welcoming, safe and inclusive for all – both by moderating your own behaviour, and reporting that of others.
Antisocial behaviour is ‘behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person’. Here are some examples:
- Noisy neighbours
- Graffiti or littering
- Nuisance from large or rowdy groups, often linked to drinking or drug use
- Targeting a particular individual or group, eg racism (see Hate Crimes below)
If you are affected by these or other forms of antisocial behaviour, or you’d like advice on how to manage a situation, please contact Security.
Find out how to contact Security in an emergency
Make a non-emergency report
Whether you’re in University or private accommodation, you’re part of a community which deserves your consideration and respect. Don’t be a noisy neighbour. If your flatmates or neighbours ask you to reduce noise, be considerate. Avoid gathering in large groups in the street, especially late at night – you may disturb or alarm a lot of people without intending to. Your contract may include rules about maintaining the fabric of the building and other expectations: remember to read these and adhere to them.
A hate crime is a crime committed against someone because of disability, gender identity/presentation, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. Here are some examples:
- Threatening behaviour
- Property damage
- Inciting others to commit hate crimes
The University takes hate crime seriously, and is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all who study, work and visit here. If you’re a victim of hate crime, please help us to give you the appropriate support and advice by reporting it. As these are criminal offences, Security Services will also support you to report to the police.
What to do in an emergency
Make a non-emergency report (you can do this anonymously if you choose)
Sexual harassment and sexual assault
Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Here are some examples:
- Sexually degrading comments, gestures or staring at your body
- Sexual jokes or propositions
- Sexual content in emails, texts or social media messages
- Showing sexually explicit pictures in your space or a shared space, like your workplace, library or flat
- Unwelcome physical behaviour, including touching
You don’t have to have complained about the behaviour in the past for it to be harassment. If it happens to you, it is not your fault: it is the responsibility of the harasser.
Sexual assault is a sexual act inflicted on someone without their consent. It can also mean forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in sexual activity without their consent. It does not have to involve physical violence or weapons.
The University and the Guild of Students offer a range of support services, including links to external support groups and the option to report online.
Read the University’s advice for students dealing with sexual assault and harassment
Read the Guild’s advice for students dealing with sexual assault and harassment
If you are a staff member and a student discloses sexual harassment or assault, this guide will help you provide the appropriate help:
View guidance for staff to help students dealing with sexual harassment and assault
Extremism and security
Security is everyone’s responsibility. The terror threat level status for the UK, and for Birmingham, remains high. Although a significant event may seem unlikely, you can play a vital role in keeping the University safe from by applying the same common-sense strategies that help prevent crime.
- Be aware of your surroundings: if you study, work or pass through the same locations every day, you’re more likely to notice suspicious activity
- If you see something that seems out of place (such as an abandoned suspect package or an individual behaving suspiciously), report it to Security Services
Find out more about what to look for and when to report it from Action Counters Terrorism
The University has a statutory duty to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism’ under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.
Find out more about safeguarding and supporting people who are vulnerable to radicalisation