FOI request reference: 181113MER
Details of the request:
Dear University of the Arts London,
Prior to November 2017 complaints against staff were not categorised or reported on under
‘sexual harassment’ or a similar heading. Records of complaints and disciplinary action are held
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I
within individual staff files, the content of which is not searchable. To identify relevant cases
request the following information about all
would require each staff file to be read. As this would take longer than 18 hours, we believe that
instances of sexual violence reported by
an exemption applies under the legislation namely Section 12 FOIA 2000.
students in all UAL campuses in London.
Refusal Notice under Section 17
By instances of sexual violence I mean those
The University is unable to disclose this information as we believe doing so would exceed the
which British Law defines under the Sexual
appropriate cost limits under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. The University has
Offences Act (2003) and also instances that
therefore issued a Refusal Notice, as required under section 17 of the Act.
have been reported in which a student makes
unwanted or inappropriate sexual advances
In order to establish whether any complaints were made against staff relating to sexual
towards another student.
harassment, assault or violence during the period, a member of UAL staff is required to review
every staff file.
I would like to receive all data available from
September 2015 to present day in an academic We estimate that there are 6000 staff files to review (this includes current and past staff for the
time period requested) and each file would take approximately 45 minutes to review; we have
estimated that it would take a member of staff approximately 4,500 hours to determine whether
1. The number of reported instances of
or not we hold the information, before retrieving and collating it.
2. The number of reported instances of
We have considered whether we would be able to respond to a refined request within the cost
limit, but due to the way staff files are held it would not be possible to identify files which relate to
3. How many of these result in expulsion
for the perpetrator
4. How many of these have been referred Student complaint files between September 2015 and December 2016 have been manually
to the Police.
reviewed and no complaints have been identified in relation to sexual harassment during this
Sexual harassment was first reported on in relation to student complaints for the 2017 Student
Appeals and Complaints annual report. There were no reports of sexual harassment made as part
of the student complaints process in 2017.
From November 2017 we have categorised and reported on allegations of sexual harassment
made in relation to the student complaints and HR processes, which will include allegations of
sexual assault and rape.
November 2017 to July 2018
August 2018 to date
Reported instances of sexual
harassment (inc. violence)
Of which, reported instances
Expulsions / dismissal
Reported to the police