Sexual harassment

Universities fail sexual violence survivors. Will new rules change the culture? | Education

Universities have been warned by the higher education watchdog for England that they could lose their status and public funding if they fail to improve how they tackle harassment and sexual misconduct. But do the proposals go far enough if they are to tackle the “epidemic” of sexual harassment in UK universities? ‘Universities need to change their cultures’ Tiffany Page is co-founder of the 1752 Group, which lobbies to end sexual misconduct in universities, and a lecturer in sociology at…

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Newcastle University faces student backlash over stalker’s return | Education

Newcastle University is facing a growing backlash from students over its decision to allow a convicted stalker to continue his studies despite the objections of his victim. A petition calling on the university to remove anyone convicted of stalking from campus has attracted more than 1,200 signatures. The protest comes after Amy, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, asked the university to bar Jefferson Young after his conviction last year for stalking and revenge porn. The student…

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Cambridge don quits after outcry over sexual harassment ban U-turn | Education

A Cambridge don accused of sexually harassing students has resigned from his college following an outcry over its decision to readmit him less than two years after he was permanently excluded. Trinity Hall announced that its governing body had accepted the resignation of Dr Peter Hutchinson, an emeritus fellow, with immediate effect. The college will also undergo a review of its “decision making processes and an external review of [its] handing of harassment and other disciplinary issues”, according to a…

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Cambridge isn’t the only university to fail at handling sexual misconduct complaints | Georgina Calvert-Lee | Education

Last weekend saw calls for a reform of the University of Cambridge’s collegiate system after one college, Trinity Hall, readmitted an (emeritus) fellow accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment, only two years after stating that he “will not be present in college at any time in the future”. It must have felt like a gross betrayal to the students. This looks like a u-turn, given that the university promotes itself as a leader in tackling campus sexual misconduct through…

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Cambridge don leaves college after new investigation into harassment claims | Education

A Cambridge don has agreed to permanent exclusion from his college following allegations that he breached sanctions placed on him two years ago after an internal investigation into complaints that he had sexually harassed undergraduates. Peter Hutchinson, a non-stipendiary fellow at Trinity Hall, was banned in September 2015 from teaching undergraduates and attending social events where they were present. Trinity Hall, whose alumni include Stephen Hawking and the Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weisz, launched an investigation earlier this month into whether…

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Two-thirds of UK universities bring in sexual consent training – report | Education

Universities in the UK have made progress in dealing with sexual harassment on campus, with nearly two-thirds introducing consent training for students, according to a survey of almost 100 institutions. The research found that universities including Edinburgh, Kent, Durham, Oxford and Soas, University of London were conducting classes to train students in how to seek and recognise sexual consent. At some universities, the courses were mandatory in freshers’ week. However, while many universities have increased training for staff and introduced…

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Universities urged to hire staff to investigate sexual harassment | Education

Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate hate crimes and sexual harassment against their students, according to a report commissioned by the higher education regulator for England. The institutions were also urged to encourage greater levels of reporting of such incidents, and hold sessions on consent for undergraduates and postgraduates, along with “bystander training” for students and staff to encourage prevention. The report by Advance HE evaluated more than 100 pilot schemes funded by the Office for Students (OfS) and…

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The question students should ask: how is my university tackling sexual violence? | Education

Student unions have played a vital role as universities tackle the problem of sexual violence on campus. This matters because the experience of sexual violence can take a serious toll on both one’s physical and mental health. The more students hold their universities to account for how they deal with the problem, the greater the influence they can have in making campuses safer. Here are four questions that students can ask their universities. Do they publish the number of reported…

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