Pro-active action

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Anti-Harassment Project Team

In October 2020, in response to students' concerns, KCLSU set up our Anti-Harassment Project Team. Some of the initiatives that are now in place as a result of this work are:

  • Security staff: code of conduct in place with our external security company, aligned approach and training with KCLSU and King’s security staff.

  • Training for all KCLSU duty staff at our bars on Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE).

  • Welfare Monitor – A member of our student-staff team patrols Guy's Bar on Wednesday sports nights to help ensure student safety. During their patrols, while wearing pink high-vis, they look to identify anyone who may appear to be vulnerable or in need of assistance & ensure they are taken care of. 

  • Specialist training: for KCLSU Advice & Support Team from Survivors Trust to support victims of sexual harassment and assault (additional student-facing staff also provided with a shorter training course).

  • Best Bar None accreditation: updated to ensure we meet all the safety standards required for our licensed premises. More info here

  • Drink spiking protection: free “spikies” made available at our bars, more canned soft drinks, testing kits for suspected tampered drinks, posters to increase student awareness, and all unattended drinks promptly removed by staff. 

  • Awareness: posters and communications to students to increase awareness of potential risks and to provide advice on keeping safe from drink spiking

  • External licensed premises: where we are aware of incidents taking place at pubs or other licensed premises off campus, our KCLSU President writes to the relevant licensing authority to report concerns and ask for an investigation

  • Ask Angela: this scheme was re-introduced for 2021/22 with KCLSU staff receiving training.  Any student asking at the bar for “Angela” will be taken to a place of safety and provided with assistance, including getting home safety as needed. You can find out more about the Met Police program here.

  • Security checks: We have increased our security checks at our licensed venues, including spot checks on wallets, to find potential substances that could be used to harm other students

  • CCTV: while we don’t monitor CCTV footage as standard, we do have CCTV in our spaces to be able to check recordings for possible accusations or incidents to address misconduct directly.

  • Incident reporting: as well as acting on complaints from students about misconduct in KCLSU spaces, our own staff report incidents of harassment or misconduct so we can take direct action.

  • Student leader training – in 2021 we introduced compulsory training on the Consent Matters and Active Bystander online modules for all our student leaders 

  • Community Charter – KCLSU and King’s worked together on a new Community Charter published in 2021, and sent to all new students, to set out the values and behaviours for all of those in the King’s community.  View the Community Charter

  • Joint work with King’s Oversight Committee – KCLSU works with Kings to align our approach to harassment and misconduct. We will continue to develop our work to ensure a safe environment for all in our community. 

  • Anonymous Disclosure Form and King’s information to students – KCLSU assisted Kings with their review of the anonymous disclosure form and re-launch in 2021.  King’s provides lots of information to students in their FAQ section. View the Anonymous Disclosure Form.

  • Know: Domestic Violence Support Guide: launched in 2019/20 for student victims of domestic violence. View the KNOW: Domestic Violence Information Guide