You can contact the police for non-emergencies by dialling 101 or visiting the police station on Pipeland Road.
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers (0800 555 111) is a free and confidential way to report any criminal activity.
Alcohol and nights out
Drinking is common at universities in the UK, but it is totally acceptable to not drink. You might feel social pressure to participate or test your limits, especially if you are from a country with a higher drinking age, or where alcohol is less common. However, you do not have to drink to have a fun experience.
Lots of people participate in traditions such as Raisin and May Dip without drinking. The Students' Association and its societies hold lots of non-alcoholic events throughout the year, starting in Freshers' Week. The Wellbeing Subcommittee in particular hosts daytime events, allowing you to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere.
Things to keep in mind for a safe night out, taken from Party Safe:
- Eat before going out, and try to have water or a soft drink after every alcoholic drink.
- Stay alert, and if you drink, be careful with the amount of alcohol that you consume.
- Make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are meeting, and when you expect to return. Always plan how you are going to get home again.
- Go out with a group, stay with your friends, and look out for one another to make sure you all get home safely.
- Take your phone with you; make sure it's charged.
- Don’t have sex with anyone who is unable to give their consent because they are too drunk, or under the influence of drugs: in Scots Law this is rape.
- Never leave your drink unattended.
Drink spiking can happen at any time, no matter who you are with. Drink spiking can be colourless, odourless, and undetectable. If you feel bad unexpectedly, don't just dismiss it as being drunk; make sure that you are safe. Remember it can happen to people of any gender. Again, never leave a drink unattended. If you need to go to the bathroom, there are Union staff who can keep an eye on your drink. Find out more at drinkaware.co.uk.
Got Consent runs bystander intervention training. These short, discussion-based workshops teach students about consent, and how to keep each other safe on nights out. This includes tips on safely intervening if you see a situation that could turn into sexual assault. Contact [email protected] if you'd like to attend a workshop or get involved.
Ask for Angela
The Students' Association uses Ask for Angela. If you are in an uncomfortable situation, simply ask a bartender for Angela. They can help you out of the area/building and into a taxi without putting you in an unsafe situation.
Whether you are getting unwanted advances from someone, your Tinder date is not who they were online, or any other scenario, Ask for Angela allows you to discreetly remove yourself from the situation.
Before engaging in sexual activity with another person, you must ask them whether they would like to engage in this activity, i.e. have their consent. The absence of a "yes" is always a "no". Consent must be enthusiastically and freely given: coercing or pressuring someone to engage in sexual activity is assault. Learn more: Cycling Through Consent.
It is important that before and during sexual activity, you ask your partner what they feel comfortable with, discuss contraception, and what they enjoy. For more information on safe and enjoyable sex, see Sexpression St Andrews.
You can take part in consent workshops through Got Consent.
You must check consent before each and every sexual act.
- Consent can be withdrawn at any time before or during sexual activity.
- Consent cannot be given when someone is drunk, unconscious, or in any state which would make them unable to give meaningful consent to sexual activity.
- Consent to one form of sexual activity (e.g. kissing) does not mean that consent has been given to any other sexual act.
- Consent cannot be assumed based on previous sexual activity with an individual.
- Consent cannot be assumed based on the parties’ relationship status.
- If someone consents to sexual activity on the condition that a condom is used, covertly removing the condom during sex is assault.
If you are in danger or need medical assistance, call 999.
Rape Crisis Scotland defines sexual assault as "what happens when someone does not consent to a sexual act". Sexual assault does not have to be violent in order qualify as assault; sexual assault is any sexual contact that takes place without consent. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Sexual assault is never the victim's fault. There are many emotional and physical responses to assault, including freezing up, and all responses are valid.
Be aware that if you shower or clean after an assault, it may remove evidence. If you chose to report your assault to the police, collecting physical evidence of an assault will give your case the best chance of securing prosecution. However, you can still report an incident to the police without physical evidence. No physical evidence does not necessarily mean no case. You might want to report at a later date, so keep the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault in a plastic bag, and don’t wash them.
Support and reporting options
The University's Report + Support hub lets you report anonymously or with contact details, and details the range of support available.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced any form of sexual misconduct, contact Student Services for help.
Talk to a trained adviser via [email protected]. You can book an appointment with a Life and Wellbeing Adviser online or by calling 01334 462020.
If Student Services is closed, you can call the University's Security and Response Team on 01334 476161, and ask for the warden on duty. This number is on every matriculation card.
People of any sexual orientation or gender identity are protected under University policy. Student Services will take you seriously, respect your feelings and emotions, and help you access specialist support. Student Services will not report incidents to the Police without your permission, except in cases where there is believed to be a significant risk to yourself or others. If you choose to report an incident to the Police, Student Services will support you.
Making a formal report to the University under the disciplinary process happens through the Student Conduct Office. You can contact them via [email protected] to start this process. Student Services can support you through the process, but they are not responsible for disciplining students or making formal reports.
The University's advice hub has information about what to do after an assault, and resources specific to St Andrews.
If you would prefer to talk to someone outwith the University, the following resources are available: