At SUSU we want to ensure every student feels safe on campus and at our events, and that campus is a safe environment for everyone. We have put a number of safety initiatives in place, which together are known as: SUSU Safe. You can find out more about each of these below.
You can speak to our team about any safety concern, at any time, either in person or via our SUSU Safe email address: email@example.com.
Student Safety Charter
On Monday 25th October we hosted a town hall event to help try and create some positive change around the subject of spiking. From this event we created a Student Safety Charter which we gave all students a chance to give feedback on. The finished charter was then sent to local nighttime venue owners to review and decide if they would wish to sign.
Since then, there's been a lot of hard work behind the scenes and constant dialogue with nighttime venue owners to ensure that they meet all their objectives in the charter. We are hoping to soon release the names of the venues which have been signed up for the charter and look forward to working with these venues closely while also holding them to account. We have also started a dialogue with the police and will be discussing the future licensing conditions of local venues.
Safety in The Stag's
Please be aware that for your safety our staff & security team will be conducting bag searches, asking to see your Student ID, patrolling the venue & disposing of any unattended drinks. If at any point you have a welfare issue in any of our venues, please speak to a member of staff.
Funding from Southampton City Council
After liaising with the Violence Reduction Unit at Southampton City Council, they have committed to providing SUSU with £5,000 worth of safety initiatives and materials that will help improve student safety. We are aiming to acquire further spiking prevention materials and a specific training programme for staff in our student venues.
Testing Kits and Stop Topps
We have lots of products available at SUSU to help tackle drinks spiking within the student population and to help you feel comfortable on a night out. Drinks testing kits and attack alarms are available for free for any student to collect from our main reception (Building 42). We also secured funding for Stop Topps for use in all of our late-night venues including The Stag’s. We will continue to monitor the supply of these to ensure they are kept available for free for students.
SUSU Safety Bus
Our Safety Bus is a FREE service to help make sure you get home safely after a night out on campus! The Safety Bus will be waiting on the Redbrick area outside the students' union (Building 42) every night of the week during term time.
Town Hall Meeting - Spiking in Southampton
Thank you to everyone who attended our Town Hall Meeting about spiking in Southampton on Monday 25 October. If you weren't able to attend in person click the link below to watch a full recording. If you have any questions or concerns about the issues raised, please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCC Student Safety Survey
The PCC safety survey has now closed, and the responses are being collated. In total, 222 University of Southampton students responded. The responses have provided an extremely useful insight into the prevalence of sexual violence and spiking against students, where it is occurring and suggestions for increasing the amount of reporting of these instances. We will be reviewing the results in depth in the coming weeks and planning any next steps in light of the data.
Ask For Angela
If you're in any situation which is making you feel unsafe, you can go to the bar and ask for 'Angela'. Our staff will know you need help getting out of your situation and will call you a taxi and/or discreetly help you leave.
Together with the University, we are standing against all forms of bullying and harassment; we Expect Respect. The University's Report and Support tool provides a secure environment for those affected by harassment & bullying to speak out about unacceptable behaviour and to get support, or to find out how you can support someone you know who may have experienced harassment or bullying.
Zero Tolerance Policy
SUSU has zero tolerance for any harassment, discrimination or abusive behaviour towards staff or students. We also have a zero tolerance approach to spiking and will report any perpetrators to the police and the University. Anyone caught spiking will be banned from all SUSU venues. If you see any form of harassment or unacceptable behaviour taking place at any of our venues, please alert a member of staff.
SUSU supports drinking safely, and the Drinkaware campaign. Make sure you're aware of how much alcohol you're drinking on a night out, drink water between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated, or try a night of mocktails instead. If you do feel your alcohol consumption is affecting you, the Drinkaware website has plenty of advice and support for making positive changes.