What is spiking?

Spiking is when a perpetrator administers a substance to someone without their knowledge.

Most commonly, the substance is placed in a victim’s drink without their knowledge, or it can be done as an injection through the skin.

Spiking is an assault; a serious crime that carries a 10-year penalty for the offence. Such actions may also be the subject of King's disciplinary processes if the perpetrator is a King’s student, including student misconduct investigations, with penalties up to and including expulsion, and for staff - disciplinary processes resulting in termination of their employment.

London is an exciting and vibrant city, and we believe everyone should feel safe to enjoy it. Spiking and assault is caused only by the actions of the perpetrator, however we understand that providing you with as much information as possible about the signs and symptoms of spiking to look out for, both in yourself and in others, may help you feel more comfortable about enjoying our city at night.

If the incident took place on a King's campus:

  • When in a safe space and if you feel comfortable to do so, please inform the university of the incident by reporting on King's Report & Support website and you will be offered access to support.
  • If you suspect that the perpetrator may be a student or staff member, and you would like to formally report a complaint against them, please also report on King's Report & Support website and this will be investigated.
  • If you live in a King's Residence, you can also contact your Residence Welfare Leads who are trained to support students and are on-call:
    • From 20:00 to 08:00 every day of the week
    • 24/7 on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

How do I know if I, or a friend, have had a drink spiked?



What do I do if I think I, or a friend, have had a drink spiked?



How can I report the incident?



Are there ways to help protect myself from spiking?



Where can I get support after experiencing an incident like this?



What is King’s doing to help protect students from spiking incidents?