As a student at the University of Sheffield, you are part of a wonderful, diverse community. As members of this community, we all have a responsibility to look after each other and make sure that everyone within it feels safe and happy.
The University and the Students’ Union have developed ACT, a simple way for you and your peers to look out for each other whilst staying safe yourselves.
Through ACT, you can stand up for, and show you stand with, members of our community who are affected by issues such as sexual harassment, hate crime, aggressive behaviour or substance misuse.
I will talk to my friends about issues they are struggling with.
I will look after friends and others on nights out and in community spaces.
I will report concerns about an incident to a member of staff.
We’re inviting you to take the pledge that you will ACT and take a stand if you see issues of sexual harassment, hate crime, aggressive behaviour or substance misuse. To show your support, take the online pledge.
You will be able to collect a wristband from any of the following places from 10 October 2017: Students’ Union Welcome Desk, the Diamond, Multi-faith Chaplaincy, Student Support and the Information Commons.
There are lots of ways you can ACT:
- If you’re concerned about a friend, tell a member of staff and help them to access support.
- Challenge behaviours that go against the values of our community.
- Support your friends to access advice from the University or Students’ Union.
- Keep informed of safety and support initiatives such as the Safe Taxi Scheme, Women’s Minibus or the Wellbeing Café.
- Report incidents of hate crime to Security or the Hate Crime Reporting Centre in the Students’ Union Advice Centre.
- Report incidents of online abuse, harassment and hate crime to social media providers.
If you or your friends are struggling with any of these issues, please contact Student Support: firstname.lastname@example.org.