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Equal Opportunities

Statement of Intent

The University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA) is committed to promoting Equal Opportunities for all. We are opposed to all forms of discrimination; what we do, or whatever we plan on doing, should provide for a full diversity of people and their rights. All members, employees, job applicants, volunteers and those who access USSA’s services must not be discriminated against on the basis of the characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2012, nor in relation to health status, economic status, social background or class.

USSA agrees that the protected characteristics enshrined in the Equality Act 2010; such as Gender (including gender reassignment); Marital or Civil partnership status; having or not having dependants; religious belief or political opinion; race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins); disability; sexual orientation; and age, should be respected, and that those who fall into these categories must not suffer discrimination.

You can read the full policy by clicking on the link below. 

  • Equal Opportunities Policy

At the March 2013 elections, a referendum was passed to update the USSA's Equal Opportunities policy.

View the Equal Opportunities Policy

Equality & Diversity Committee

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 - Amy Bachelor: ussa.womensofficer@strath.ac.uk

Black and minority ethnics’ officer – Sarah Farukuoye: ussa.bme@strath.ac.uk

LGBT+ Officer - Leo Siebert : ussa.lgbt@strath.ac.uk

Disabled Students Officer - Vacant- Now recruiting! - ussa.swdofficer@strath.ac.uk

Mature students’ officer - Lee McCann:  ussa.msaconvenor@strath.ac.uk

International Students officer - Cristina Lupu:  yfb12162@uni.strath.ac.uk

If you have any issues or queries about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Roza Salih, the Vice President Diversity & Advocacy: ussa.vpda@strath.ac.uk

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.

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