At USSA's Equality Conference, we elected an Equality & Diversity committee to ensure the Equal opps policy is upheld and as a campaigning body on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion within USSA and the University.
Women’s officer- Sarah Head: email@example.com
BME officer- Sharada Davidson: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT officer- Denise Logue: email@example.com
Mature Students’ officer- Gerry McDonnell: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Students’ officer- Kristin Simónonva: email@example.com
Postgrad officer- Felicity Carlysle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethical & Environmental officer- Kim Scott: email@example.com
Community officer- Marian Craig: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice officer- Dominique Üçbaş: email@example.com
Disabled students’ officer - vacant
Welfare officer - vacant
Parents & Carers’ officer - vacant
If you are interested in standing for any of the vacant positions or have any issues, queries about this, please to do hesitate to get in touch with the Vice President Diversity & Advocacy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment
USSA is proud to be an accredited 'Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment' Students' Association and have adopted the NUS definition of sexual harassment which means that no student should have to accept the following behaviours:
- Unwanted sexual comments/invitation
- Groping, pinching or smacking of your body
- Wolf-whistling, catcalling or offensive sexual noises
- Having your clothes lifted without agreement
- Someone exposing themselves to your without consent
Under the legal definition, harassment is the ‘unwanted conduct related to sex, gender, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age', and thus the behaviours outlined above fall in to this category.
This policy has come about following the National Union of Students Hidden Marks Report which showed that 68% of female students experience sexual harassment and/or assault whilst at university. As a result this campaign was launched to focus on removing violence and objectification towards women students.
USSA believes that objectification, fetishisation and stereotyping women leads to a culture of sexual harassment. The normalisation and the levels of reported sexual harassment severely under-represents the true number of incidents.
Who is covered by the policy?
The policy applies to every single person that enters the building.
In certain situations individuals may be subject to disciplinary action, be asked to leave and/or reported to the police. The Students' Association does not wish to criminalise its students or visitors, but it has a legitimate interest in protecting those in our building and its own reputation from the impact of sexual harassment.
Reporting in the Students' Union
If an incident of sexual harassment occurs in the Association building it can be reported by speaking to one of the Stewards. It will be passed on to senior staff and the issue will be taken further.