If I report something with details, will the University launch an investigation, formal complaint or tell the police? 

No. 
Letting us know what happened via the Report and Support tool does not trigger any type of formal reporting process. The only reason that the University would ever take any action that is outside of your full control is: 
  • If your life or the lives of others is at risk. Examples of this would be if a report states that someone has plans to complete suicide, has plans to self-harm to an extent that endangers their life or if a report contains threats to other people's lives. 
  • If the reporter is under 18. 
Submitting a report with details is a means of accessing your own personal advisor, and bespoke support. It is not a tool for triggering formal complaints procedures. 

If I report something as a member of staff, will HR be informed? 

No. 
Letting us know what happened via the Report and Support tool does not trigger any type of formal reporting process. The only reason that the University would ever take any action that is outside of your full control is: 
  • If your life or the lives of others is at risk. Examples of this would be if a report states that someone has plans to complete suicide, has plans to self-harm to an extent that endangers their life or if a report contains threats to other people's lives. 
  • If the reporter is under 18. 
Submitting a report with details means that a Dignity Contact will be in touch to ensure that you fully understand both your reporting and support options, as well as talking through the situation if you wish. It is not a tool for triggering formal complaints procedures. 

How much information do I need to submit in my report?

This is entirely up to you. However there are a few key things to consider: 
  • If you are submitting an anonymous report- then detail is key, Particularly if you have requested for action to be taken if possible. Due to the limiting nature of anonymous reports, and our inability to contact the reporting party, it is vital that anonymous reports contain as much detail as possible to help support a potential investigation. 
  • If you are submitting a report with details then you do not need to submit as much detail, and you can in fact let us know that reliving your experience through the text-box is too much for you. As long as we know what type of harassment you are reporting, and you have provided the correct contact details, then the most relevant advisor can get in touch. 

What questions will the Report and Support form ask me? 

You can see the questions in advance here.

What can my assigned Student Liaison Officer support me with? 

If you report with details, a Student Liaison Officer will be in contact within 2 University Working Days. A Student Liaison Officer can: 
  • Outline both your reporting and support options, in order to help empower you to make an informed decision on your next steps. A Student Liaison Officer will not force you to report anything, and your conversations remain confidential. 
  • Fully outline both the informal and formal resolution processes- letting you know about anticipated timelines and potential outcomes. 
  • Remain your single point of contact if you wish, between yourself and University staff. This is to help minimise repetition of disclosure. 
  • Act as your supporting party in investigation interviews, disciplinary committees, mitigation committees and appeals if you wish.
  • Help you to prepare supporting statements and the collection of evidence.  
  • Help to arrange mediation or informal resolutions. 
  • Arrange and accompany you to meetings with University staff, such as personal tutors, Warwick Accommodation etc. 
  • Help support you in submitting evidence for Mitigating Circumstances or extensions. 
  • Signpost you to relevant support services, both internal and external depending on your needs. 
  • Support you with any housing, financial or society/sports club related concerns. 
  • Ensure that you are kept up to date with the progression of your potential case. 
  • Answer any questions, big or small about both your reporting and support options. 

Can a student submit a report about a member of staff? 

Yes. 

Can a staff member submit a report about a student, or other member of staff? 

Yes. 

Are anonymous reports, with no action taken, actually helpful in identifying trends? 

Definitely. Anonymous reporting, even with no action taken, is incredibly useful for informing targeted proactive education and awareness raising. In just one year of Report and Support being available to students, we have managed to tailor many of our resources and training sessions to cover emerging trends in ways that we would not have been able to in the past. 
  
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