Tackling Sexual Harassment and Violence in Higher Education: Improving Reporting Systems and Supporting Survivors

A recent qualitative assessment of the sector’s progress in tackling student sexual misconduct concluded that there are large disparities across universities, as seven out of the 20 institutions interviewed were at a considerably early stage of developing relevant policy, including better reporting processes (The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 2018). Worryingly, only 6% of the respondents to the student consultation survey reported their experience to their university, of whom only 2% felt that satisfied with the reporting process. Of equal concern is the fact that 56% of students believed their experience wasn’t serious enough to need reporting, highlighting a gap in consent training programmes.

With failing public confidence in university approaches to tackling sexual violence, this symposium offers a vital interface to universities, as well as practitioners from across the police, social and health services to engage in dialogue aimed at cultivating a culture of accountability within universities and creating a framework to provide current and prospective students confidence and safety during their time in higher education.

January 15th, 2019 10:15 AM   through   4:30 PM