Sexual Assault

Some information about sexual assault

Oxford is a very safe place to live and to study. Nonetheless, sexual assaults take place in many contexts and university cities and universities are no exception. 

The College takes this risk very seriously. It has staff who have received training in supporting people who have been subjected to sexual violence or unwanted sexual behaviour of any form, and it encourages any student who has experienced sexual violence or harassment to report her or his experiences to the College.


How to report a sexual assault if you are a student at Univ

Information about how a student may report a sexual assault, and what will happen if a student reports a sexual assault, is available on the College's intranet.

The College’s first priority in this event is to offer support to anyone who reports such an assault to the College and to inform her or him of what options for support or for other action are available to her or to him. Support may be provided from within the College, from elsewhere in the University, or from outside agencies in Oxford or elsewhere.

The College can also take action under its disciplinary codes and its policy on harassment, and anyone who has been subjected to sexual violence or support may report the matter to the Police.

Anyone member of staff involved in supporting a survivor of sexual assault or otherwise involved in handling a case of sexual assault or violence will follow the University’s Guidance for staff on handling cases of sexual assault or sexual violence.


How can I get more information before I decide whether to contact someone in Univ?

Information about how the College will respond is available on the intranet.

Information about a range of options is available on the First Response App. It is designed for survivors of sexual violence and for their friends, and was developed by the Oxford Student Campaign, ‘It happens here.

It provides:
• Information about optional ways to respond
• Essential knowledge about support resources
• Critical contact details
• Answers to frequently asked questions.

Information on downloading the app and how to view it online can be found at


Information about the prevalence of sexual assault


Both men and women may be subjected to sexual assault, but the prevalence is much higher for women. One in seven women responding to the NUS Hidden Marks survey in 2010 reported that they had experienced a serious physical or sexual assault during their time as a student. More than two in three reported that they had experienced verbal or non-verbal harassment, including groping, flashing and unwanted sexual comments.

There is also evidence from a report compiled in 2013 by the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics which shows that female students in full-time education are one of a number of groups who are more at risk than the general female population.

(The group most at risk are females between the ages of 16 and 19, with the risk reducing as age increases, so the risk is less for students of university age than of school age.)