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Drink spiking - community statement

Following a number of high profile cases across the UK over recent weeks, we know many members of our community are understandably concerned about drink spiking. These media reports have been alarming and distressing.

Socialising is an important part of student life, and everyone should be able to enjoy going out with friends and feel safe doing so. We do not tolerate this behaviour at Warwick and are committed to working to increase safety and prevent crimes happening both on and off campus.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of spiking in any form should contact the police or seek medical assistance as soon as possible. We would also urge any student who may have been the victim of a spiking – or any other unacceptable behaviour - to contact our Report and Support service so we can assist you. You can report anonymously if preferred.

The responsibility for these actions lies solely with the perpetrator, it does not rely on the victim to prevent this from happening to them. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our community, and we will support any police efforts to identify anyone involved in any alleged drink spiking offence.

Educating ourselves is key to challenging unacceptable behaviour. There is a range of training that we have run and will continue to run, and there are resources available to help us do this. Active Bystander courses and resources provide us with the skills and knowledge to safely challenge unacceptable behaviour. Consent awareness sessions cover different areas of harassment, consent and night out safety, and all students and staff have access to Consent Collective TV.

Remember, if you or someone you know wants to report, please reach out to Report and Support. You can access wellbeing support via the Wellbeing portal, or by calling 024 76575570.


Where to find support

Wellbeing Support Services offer online consultation sessions via the Wellbeing Portal from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday or you can call 024 7657 5570.

If you witness or experience unacceptable behaviour, you can report in confidence through our reporting tool Report + Support (anonymously if you wish).

Contact our Community Safety department to report security concerns and innapropriate behaviours.

If you feel at immediate risk of harm or require immediate emotional, psychological or mental health support, see our list of emergency contacts.

The SU Advice Centre is a virtual advice service open to all students.

FRANK ( have shared tips on staying safe.