Student Disclosure of Unwanted Sexual Incidents

Developed in partnership with Coventry University and Rape Crisis England & Wales, this unique Student Disclosure of Unwanted Sexual Incidents course is the only online disclosure module developed in partnership with Rape Crisis.


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coventry_university_logoThis course aims to provide university employees with the confidence to appropriately respond to a disclosure of an unwanted sexual incident by a student and signpost a student to appropriate sources of assistance.

With at least 1 in 7 female students in the UK becoming victims of sexual assault (Hidden Marks, NUS 2010), this course is a response to the need for universities to increase awareness of issues surrounding students experiences of unwanted sexual incidents.

Who is the course for?

The course has been designed to equip university employees with the necessary confidence and knowledge to appropriately respond to a student who discloses an experience of an unwanted sexual incident.


For universities to make the most of this course, it is recommended that they develop bespoke downloadable documents to help their employees to signpost students to appropriate help, and also support employees beyond the course.

Course duration

This course should take around 20 minutes to complete. University employees can exit the course at any point and resume from the point they exited.

Compatible with all devices

The course can be viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone using any browser.

What does the course cover?

The course gives employees the opportunity to explore:

  • What constitutes an unwanted sexual incident
  • The type of disclosures they may encounter
  • Appropriate responses to disclosure

The course has 4 units which are followed by an assessment unit that tests knowledge on some of the issues raised during the course.

Unit 1 – Introduction

Unit 2 – What is sexual violence?

  • What constitutes an unwanted sexual incident?
  • Who is a typical perpetrator?

Unit 3 – Disclosure of a sexual incident

  • What is a disclosure?
  • What are the non-verbal signs you need to pay attention to?
  • What are the potential barriers to disclosure?

Unit 4 – Appropriate responses to disclosure

  • When reporting is necessary
  • How students may approach you
  • The emotional impact on students
  • Grounding techniques for dealing with disclosure
  • The emotional impact of disclosure on employees

Unit 5 – Assessment

Unit 6 – Useful resources

Learn more

If you would like to find out more about this online Disclosure module please get in touch.

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Our project deals with a very sensitive subject helping university staff respond appropriately to student disclosures of unwanted sexual incidents – so it was important that this sensitivity was respected. Throughout the process, we found Marshall E-Learning staff to be respectful of the need for this sensitivity and responsive throughout the process. We are very pleased with the result.
Dr Jane Osmond Research Fellow, Coventry University & Dr Quinn of Rape Crisis England and Wales

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