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Our Ref: FOI 19 1480
Dear Ms Chanamuto
Re: Freedom of Information Request
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request and your interest in the University of
You requested the following information:
1. We request that you share with us any and all policies your institution has which address
issues of gender-based violence or sexual misconduct, including misconduct among
students and between staff and students.
We understand gender-based violence as behaviour or attitudes underpinned by
inequitable power relations that hurt, threaten or undermine people because of their
(perceived) gender or sexuality. Gender-based violence includes a continuum of
behaviours and attitudes both online and offline, such as domestic violence, sexual
violence, sexist harassment, and homo/transphobia.
2. If your university does not have specific gender-based violence and/or sexual misconduct
policies, please share your closest relevant policies. Relevant policies include all those
which would be used in the event that a member of the university community made a
complaint relating to any aspect of gender-based violence (see definition above). If you
have any queries about what constitutes a relevant policy, please contact us.
Participants are asked to share relevant policies from their institution in a Word or PDF
In response to questions 1 and 2, we do not have a specific gender-based violence or sexual
misconduct Policy as such, but this would fall under the following policies (attached):
Student Code of conduct & disciplinary policy
Code of conduct on personal consensual relationships at work
Although not a Policy document, you may also find our Support & Report protocol relevant
If you are not satisfied by the way we have handled your request, you can request a review by
writing to the Senior Legal Officer.
If you are unhappy with the way the University handles your request through our appeals
process, you have a right to appeal to the information commissioner at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel 08456
306060 or 01625 545745 or alternatively visit their website at www.ico.gov.uk.
Data Protection Officer
University of Bedfordshire