Personal Safety Statement
NUS/NUS Services events, as well as being the training, debating and policy forums that drive the work of the organisation, can also have a social element after a busy working day.
We want everyone to enjoy themselves at NUS/NUS Services events, so it is important that we are all aware of our own behaviour and respect the needs of others. That is why we have the “Safe Spaces” and “Equal Opportunities Policy” for our events.
Please make sure that you have completed your Personal Details form and handed it in to our staff.
Make new friends but please stay safe
After attending an NUS/NUS Services event, you are likely to meet and socialise with lots of new people – but, just like anywhere else, it is still important to be careful about your own personal safety and avoid getting into situations where you may be at risk of intimidation or assault.
Important things to remember are:
Bear in mind you have only just met and, while you might be getting on very well, you are still essentially strangers!
Be careful of how much you drink because this can dull your instincts and lead to you making dangerous decisions.
While it is rare, drinks and food can also be spiked (tampered with using alcohol or drugs), so be vigilant around these. Always watch your drink while it is being poured. Never accept drinks from strangers, unless you have seen the drink poured.
As much as possible, stay with groups of people, particularly if you go out at night.
If you are going to spend some time alone with someone you have only just met, tell someone you know and trust:
- Where you are going
- Who with
- When you will be back
- Agree what the other person will do if you don’t call in or get back at the expected time
Don’t be afraid to say “no”. If you feel pressurised to do something you don’t want to (eg drink, drugs, sex), remember it is your right not to do it.
Some of this might sound like common sense, but common sense isn’t always common practice!
We hope that nobody at any NUS/NUS Services conference is harassed or assaulted or made to feel uncomfortable in any way. But if this does happen to you, please speak to a member of the NEC at the event and they will help you.