Welfare awareness campaign
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week
Annual campaign to raise awareness and encourage conversations about sexual violence.
Add your voice to thousands of people across the UK saying #ItsNotOk.
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week starts on Monday 5 February to Monday 12 February 2024.
This dedicated week-long campaign aims to address the pressing issues of sexual abuse and sexual violence, challenging societal norms, stereotypes, and misconceptions surrounding these topics.
York St John University are proud to support this initiative and recognise the importance of creating a campus environment that is free from sexual violence and harassment.
On this page you will find information on our upcoming events and ways we can support you.
YSJ Student Safety Day 2024
Join us on Monday 5 February, 10.00am to 3.00pm, outside the Student’s Union and get some tips on staying safe whilst enjoying student life.
The following organisations have a stall at the YSJ Student Safety Day 2024.
|The Police will be on site to help those who would like to have their property marked.
|The Fire Services will be bringing their water safety demonstration unit.
|York Rescue Boat
|York Rescue Boat will discuss general water safety and will show a demonstration of through lines.
|The RNLI will be demonstrating general water safety through an activity and discussion. They also will share information about their Lifeguard training opportunities.
|Street Angels are here to talk to students about staying safe on a night out. They will also discuss volunteering opportunities for students who may be interested in getting involved.
The York St John Welfare team will have a stall with a focus on promoting our Report and Support service.
|All About Respect
|All About Respect creates a space for open and honest dialogue within our student communities about healthy relationships. Visit the team to find out more.
Colleagues from our Welfare and All About Respect teams will be located in Fountains from Monday 5 February to talk to students about sexual violence and harassment.
York-based Survive provides specialist trauma-informed services to adult survivors of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse. Services include support work, counselling, trauma therapy and a confidential helpline.
|The Bridge House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides a range of services, including forensic medical examination, to anyone (male or female) in North Yorkshire aged 16 and over who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
How to access support
Support at York St John
For students who have experienced sexual violence, a range of support options is available.
You can make an anonymous report through Report and Support or you can get support from the options below.
You can talk to one of the University welfare advisers to find out more about the support available both within and outside of the University.
Report to an adviser and a welfare adviser will contact you to offer you an appointment.
You can get emotional and psychological support from the Wellbeing Team who are in the Holgate Student Centre and operate a service Monday to Friday within usual office hours.
Appointments can be booked at the student information desk or by emailing email@example.com or calling 01904 876 477.
The Students' Union Presidents and Advice Service are also available for support. You can email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them in the SU building.
Joanne Beilby is the safeguarding single point of contact for North Yorkshire. She is also commissioned by the police to take anonymous reports from victims of sexual assault which are then fed into the police's intelligence system.
The Welfare team here at York St John work closely with Joanne and have set up monthly appointments for any student who would like to report anonymously to the police.
If you would like to know more about this or book in to see Joanne, you can book a welfare appointment.
Additionally, find guidance on handling concerns related to sexual misconduct below.
Our commitment to addressing concerns
York St John University is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive community, ensuring that concerns are addressed promptly and in accordance with our established policies, fostering an environment conducive to the personal and academic growth of all our students.
You can find out more by reading our policies below.
We are also actively enhancing our commitment to a secure and inclusive campus environment with the development of a Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy. This policy aims to provide clear guidelines for preventing and responding to incidents.
Alongside this, we are reviewing the Staff Personal Relationship Policy in collaboration with Human Resources and Organisational Development (HROD) colleagues. This review reflects our dedication to maintaining professional boundaries among staff, ensuring a workplace culture of fairness, transparency, and positive working relationships.
Report and Support
The Student Dignity and Respect Policy sets out the University's expectations for student behaviour and conduct, as well as that of our wider community.
Any conduct or behaviour which contravenes these expectations and jeopardises the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of our students and community is not acceptable.
The Report and Support online platform provides further information about unacceptable behaviours, how to make disclosures and report incidents, and where to seek help and support.
From Monday 4 March 2024, visit the event space in the Fountains Library to find out more about All About Respect and our Report and Support service.
All About Respect
The All About Respect project creates a space for open and honest dialogue about healthy relationships in young adults. Working collaboratively with young adults (aged 16 to 25), the project brings together individuals and organisations committed to tackling Gender-Based Violence and Hate Crime in York and North Yorkshire.
All About Respect also has a podcast series exploring sexual violence, harassment and abuse amongst university students; looking at myths, realities, and definitions, alongside our understanding of healthy relationships.
Additional support on campus
The Students' Union offer a mediation service which is designed to resolve disputes between York St John University Student's Union Societies, Clubs and Committees.
The mediation service exclusively addresses conflicts that fall outside the purview of the York St John University's Student Dignity and Respect Policy and the Student charter.
For more information, contact the Vice President of Welfare and Diversity at the Student Union by emailing VPWD@yorksj.ac.uk or call in to the Student Union building.
The Chaplaincy Department has a number of spaces on campus for worship, meditation and reflection.
Teal-coloured ribbons will be available in the small Chapel of Christ the Teacher, located at the rear of the main Chapel. These ribbons can be tied to the prayer tree by individuals who are either reflecting on their own experiences or seeking to honour someone else.
To find out more about our quiet spaces, visit our Sacred Spaces page.