Anti-Social Behaviour - What is it and what can you do?

Anti-Social Behaviour - What is it and what can you do?

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment. This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.

(Definition taken from Police.UK:

Anti-social behaviour in student housing can include:

  1. Vandalism
  2. Setting off fire alarms
  3. Abusive behaviours
  4. Excessive noise
  5. Substance misuse

This list is not definitive and it should be remembered that the effects of anti-social behaviour on the individual are very subjective. Any of the above could cause significant negative impact on others. Quite often ASB develops out of behaviours which at first can seem funny, ‘just bants’, but when the behaviour is sustained, happens at inappropriate times of the day/night or when deadlines and exams are due, it can suddenly seem less amusing and this is when it can tip over into Anti-Social Behaviour.

So what can you do?

The response to anti-social behaviour is dependent on the event, how serious it was, what the impact has been and how sustained it has been.

Unipol, the Universities and other Higher Education institutions take such behaviour very seriously, particularly where people’s health and safety may have been compromised. Unipol work closely with the institutions and such behaviour can be escalated to the University under the Student Code of Conduct.

If you witness or are the victim of anti-social behaviour it is important this is reported to Unipol. We will undertake an investigation, using CCTV or staff witness of the consequences of ASB. Our biggest and best resource for information is YOU!  

Put in writing your concerns, it is important to provide as much information as possible; use the 5 W’s

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

For more information, hints and tips please have a look through the Tenancy Support Guide.