Positive Relationships

Positive relationships are all about respecting each other. At Canterbury Christ Church University we strive to provide a fair environment in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

To achieve this, it is important for us all to understand what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour and take on the responsibility to ensure individuals are not made to feel uncomfortable, intimidated or unsafe.

Harassment is unwanted conduct that occurs with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of an individual or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Examples of unacceptable behaviour include:

  • Intrusive or inappropriate questioning, derogatory name-calling, offensive remarks or jokes
  • Making fun of personal circumstances or appearance
  • Unmerited criticism, isolation, gossip or behaviour that is intimidating or demeaning

Sexual misconduct involving students is an issue of international concern affecting universities worldwide and reflects the wider social context.  

Sexual harassment is not just physical it can be verbal as well as inappropriate use of social media and can include:

  • wolf whistling/ catcalling
  • inappropriate sexual comments
  • sexually based insults, jokes, songs or taunts
  • unwanted groping
  • pinching or smacking of your body
  • uninvited kisses or bodily contact

Consent means giving permission for something to happen or agreeing to do something and being comfortable with that decision.

Consent has to be given freely and no one can be forced to consent to something. It’s not consent if someone does something because they feel they have to.

Consent is an essential part of a positive relationship and it’s really important to know what it is and know if it has been given


Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.

We have an online self help guide if you are dealing with physical, sexual or emotional abuse from those close to you. 

Controlling or coercive behaviour does not relate to a single incident, it is a purposeful pattern of behaviour which takes place over time in order for one individual to exert power, control or coercion over another.

It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away person’s liberty or freedom, to strip away their sense of self. Such behaviour may include isolation, threats, humiliation, monitoring, assaults or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten a victim.


Rising Sun provide a mix of 1-1 mentoring support and group programmes for women in Canterbury supporting them to be free from coercive and abusive relationships. If you would like advice from someone or just want to have a free confidential chat, please call 01227 452852 or email




Report and Support

If you have experienced or witnessed abuse or harassment on campus you can report it either anonymously or with contact details via our online reporting tool. If you provide your name, one of our advisers will be in contact within 3 working day.  Reports can be about an individual, a group of people or cultures.

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Social Media Training

NUS research showed that 46% of students had experienced trolling via social media whether it was for their personal views or appearance. Just because it is online does not mean it is not bullying or harassment.

The University, in partnership with the Students’ Union, have launched an interactive session to help students get the most out of social media while avoiding any of the risks associated with the use of social media. It will help you understand the impact of your digital footprint, how to use social media to enhance your employability and what to do to protect your online privacy. There is also a dedicated section on all the legal stuff with useful links to the University and Students’ Union social media guidelines

It is available to all, on Blackboard under the Student Support Tab – click here to access.  It only takes between 15-20 minutes to complete and you will receive a certificate which you can use towards their Christ Church Extra Award.

Bystander Training

Canterbury Christ Church University and the Students’ Union are running Bystander training to help support our students and staff to identify and prevent sexual harassment, assault and coercive behaviour. For further information click here or contact


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Last edited: 14/01/2020 16:17:00