Imperial is committed to promoting a university environment where everyone feels safe, supported, and respected.

The guidance below describes the help and support available for anyone who has experienced an assault. Support is available whether or not you choose to make an immediate report and any decisions you make will be respected.

The Metropolitan Police website contains guidance on deciding what to do for anyone who has, or knows someone who has, been raped or sexually assaulted. The website also explains how to report rape and serious sexual assault, what happens when you do, the support you will be given, details of support organisations, and personal safety advice.

Emergency help

If you have been assaulted, and feel that you are still at risk or that others may be at risk

We advise that you save the emergency contact number for your campus on your phone.

On campus:
  • If you are on campus, emergency services need to be contacted through Security who will guide them to the right place on campus:
    • If you are at Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton, South Kensington or St Mary's: call Security on 020 758 91000
    • If you are at Northwick Park: call Security on 0208 869 39999
    • If you are at Silwood: call Security on 020 759 42444
    • Emergency contact numbers for all campuses can be found here
 Off campus:
  • Call the Police immediately on 999
 In halls of residence:
  • Contact your Duty Warden, who will call the emergency services.

If you need urgent medical help

We advise that you save the emergency contact number for your campus on your phone.

On campus:
  • If you are on campus, emergency services need to be contacted through Security who will guide them to the right place on campus:
    • If you are at Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton, South Kensington or St Mary's: call Security on 020 758 91000
    • If you are at Northwick Park: call Security on 0208 869 39999
    • If you are at Silwood: call Security on 020 759 42444
    • Emergency contact numbers for all campuses can be found here
 Off campus:
  • Call an ambulance immediately on 999
 In halls of residence:
  • Contact your Duty Warden, who will call the emergency services.

If you do not feel immediately at risk

Make sure you are somewhere safe and warm as you might be in shock. If you are able to, phone a friend or someone you trust to come to you. 

Forensic evidence:
It is important that you preserve as much forensic evidence as possible in case you want to make a police report later. It is best not to drink, eat, smoke, brush your teeth, urinate, change sanitary products, or change your clothes until you decide what you would like to do next. Keep any used condom, bedding, or clothing in a clean plastic bag. 
 
A Sexual Assault Referral Centre, like the Paddington Haven, can help you preserve evidence, and a qualified doctor can carry out a forensic medical examination in order to record any injuries you may have sustained and collect any DNA evidence that may be present. You will also have access to emergency contraception, if necessary, and a full sexual health screening can be arranged. 
 
If you suspect that you were drugged or your drink spiked, you can have urine, saliva or blood tests carried out to prove this, but these will need to be carried out as soon as possible as some drugs leave the body within 12 hours. Visit a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, A&E, or the Police to have tests carried out.
 
Emergency contraception:
If you choose not to visit a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, you can access emergency contraception free of charge from contraception clinics, most pharmacies, some A&E departments, or most GP surgeries. The emergency contraceptive pill 'Levonelle' (Levonorgestrel) has to be taken within 72 hours, while ‘EllaOne' (ulipristal acetate) has to be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. Both pills are more effective the earlier they are taken.
 
Emergency sexual health:
It is important to have a sexual health screening within 10-14 days of the assault, as you may be at risk of sexually transmitted infections. Screenings are available at sexual health clinics or through your GP. You can access emergency post-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PEP) from sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine clinics, or most A&E departments. The medication should be started within 72 hours; the month-long treatment is more effective the earlier it is started.

Deciding what to do next

Help and support on campus

  • If you choose to speak to a member of College staff, your feelings and decisions will be respected. Members of staff will support you and advise you of the specialist support available to you.
  • Wardens will be on call every evening and all weekend at your halls of residence. Contact information should be available in the entrance of your hall. For more information about individual halls, please visit individual hall websites. A list can be found here.
  • Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice ServiceYou can call 020 7594 9637 to make an appointment, reception is usually open from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 13.30pm – 16.15pm during term time. The service is located on Level 4 Sherfield building.
  • Imperial College Union Advice Centre: You can call 020 7594 8060, or email for free, impartial and confidential advice.
  • Imperial College Health Centre020 7584 6301. In addition to bookable appointments, triage clinics for urgent problems are held every weekday morning, 8.30am – 10.00am.

All students can access support services located on the South Kensington Campus.

Help and support off campus

  • British Transport Police: Text 61016 to report non-emergency incidents on trains.
  • The Havens Paddington Sexual Assault Referral Centre: The Havens can provide confidential medical and emotional support services if you have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months. They also provide details of other organisations who can help if you were assaulted more than 12 months ago. Call 020 3299 6900 for urgent help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekCall 020 3299 1599 for non-urgent enquiries, 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • The Samaritans: The Samaritans give confidential support and the time and space to help you explore your options. Call 116 123, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge, or send an email. You can also drop in, Central London Samaritans are located at 46 Marshall Street, London, W1F 9BF. 
  • Rape Crisis: This organisation offers advice, support and counselling; the majority of services are for women and girls only, but you will be redirected to another support organisation if you are male and need help. Call 0808 802 9999, between 12.00 noon – 2.30pm and between 7.00pm – 9.30pm any day of the year.  Find your nearest Rape Crisis Service.
  • Survivors UK: This charity offers advice, support and counselling to men who have been sexually abused or assaulted and their family and carers. You can access webchat via the website or send a text to 020 3322 1860, weekdays 10:30am – 9pm, or at weekends 10am – 6pm. You can also call 02035983898, 9:30am – 5pm, or send an email.
  • Refuge: Refuge offers a 24hr domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247, as well as further information about support available for those who have been sexually assaulted. 
  • GALOP: London's LGBT+ anti-violence and abuse charity, with a range of advice and support for people who have experienced hate crime, abuse, or sexual violence. 
  • NHS 111This service offers medical advice and information. Call 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • London Nightline: Confidential listening and support service run for students. You can call 02076 310 101, email, text 07717 989 900, or Skype from 6pm to 8am every night of term.

     

     

     

    • British transport police – to report non-emergency incidents on trains – you can text them.

     

Involving the police

Reporting an incident to the Police: 
  • You can choose to report an incident to the Police at any time.
  • If you want to make a report but do not need an emergency response, you can contact the Police by calling the non-emergency number 101, or by visiting your local police station.
Delaying your report to the Police: 

If you are unsure about making a report to the Police, you might still want to retain forensic evidence for a future decision. You can do this by going to the nearest SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre). The nearest to South Kensington Campus is The Havens, Paddington. If you are not at South Kensington, you can check where your nearest SARC is using this NHS webpage.

Not making a report to the Police: 

If you decide you do not want to report an incident to the Police, you can still access a number of support services, either over the phone or in person depending on your location or the time. Helpful information and guidance about choosing to make a report to the Police is available here