Sexual harassment

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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