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Anti-spiking

Sheffield Hallam Students' Union will not tolerate any kind of behaviours which puts other students at risk. All students should feel safe, whether in a nightclub or in their halls of residence. We are working with our partners throughout the city, including the University of Sheffield SU, local venues, the Council and campaign groups to make sure that all stakeholders take action to make sure that students are as safe as possible.

We will be regularly updating this page with updates on our activity regarding spiking.

The Students' Union Student Rights and Campaigns team held an open student meeting on the 9th November, to gather student views on how we can work to tackle the issue of spiking.

You said:

  • You wanted us to pressure the Council, University and key stakeholders on a number of issues, including better trained staff, free drink covers, stricter standards for venues outsourcing security and stricter nightclub licenses.
  • You wanted us to look into working with the University and Council to put out an awareness campaign targeting spikers about the consequences of their actions, as well as a campaign around how to look after students who have been spiked.
  • You wanted us to link in with accommodation and halls of residence to promote Report and Support and the services available to students.
  • You wanted student consultation and feedback into University services which support survivors and victims of all forms of assault and spiking.

What we are doing:

  • A meeting of the Night Time Economy group will take place in January and we will be looking into presenting your key feedback there. This meeting will include the police, the Council and representatives from venues and nightclubs.
  • We are working with Report and Support at SHU to create a specific category for spiking, where it can be reported anonymously.
  • We will be launching a student consultation into what kind of support students need from Report and Support, as well as their awareness and understanding of sexual harassment and violence.
  • We will lobby the University and accommodation providers to get information about Report and Support and spiking into where students are living, so all students knows where to access support.
  • We have ordered drink spike covers for bottles - please come to the Students' Union to collect these. Ideally, let us know if you would like some so we can order enough to meet demand.

Update: 30 November 2021

  • Your Officer team are feeding in student concerns and feedback at every opportunity and are continuing to regularly meet with our partners throughout Sheffield, in order to ensure a joined-up approach.
  • Our Officers will be meeting with Crystal next week to share your concerns, examine their current safety policies and look at how safety can be improved in the club.
  • Ou Officers are speaking regularly with South Yorkshire's Police Commissioner to look at South Yorkshire Police's response to spiking and harassment, as well as continuing to regularly meet with Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield - who is supporting a Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment and Spiking campaign for venues.
  • On 6th December, the Students' Union is assisting in holding a workshop with key representatives and communications/marketing staff from the Council, South Yorkshire Police, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Students' Union, in order to decide on a communications and information plan around spiking in Sheffield.

If you want to share your voice, please let us know by emailing studentrights@shu.ac.uk. We also want to know your opinions on how we combat spiking, so please fill in this short form.

Organisers and contact details

Student Rights and Campaigns team

studentrights@shu.ac.uk

Scarlet Parr, Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity Officer

sp1046@shu.ac.uk

How to get involved

  • What are your views on spiking and how we can prevent it? Want to run a campaign on this? Get in touch with the Student Rights and Campaigns team.

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