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Investigation into rape cases and assaults on campus

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Dear University of Reading,
I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000): how many rape and sexual assault complaints where made by students on campus in 2016, how many were investigated and how many resulted in convictions?

Please send me this information electronically, at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,

A concerned student.

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Allen

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 02/10/2017

In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, without altering the 'Subject:' line, so that we can track your input and respond promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Allen

We would like to request some clarification regarding your above referenced FOI request, please.

Please could you confirm which years you would like the below data request for: calendar year 2016, academic year 2015/16 or academic year 2016/17?

Please be aware that if compliance with your request would be estimated to exceed the appropriate costs limit established by section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we may not be able to determine whether we hold the requested information.

Your request is on hold pending receipt of this clarification.

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

Dear IMPS,

I would like the data for academic year 2016/17. Would this be possible? Thank you for your help,

Yours sincerely,

Jenna Allen

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Allen

Thank you for your clarification. Your request is now off hold and will be responded to as soon as we can but in any case 10 working days from 11/10/2017.

In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, without altering the 'Subject:' line, so that we can track your input and respond promptly.

Kind regards,

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Allen,
 
We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.
 
We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request. Our responses are given below. We have provided
you with data from the Student Complaints department and Security Services
department only, as to exhaustively search all possible locations for
student complaints regarding sexual assaults for the academic year
requested would require a search of records held at School and Department
level. There are over 60 such Faculties, Schools and Departments and their
records are not recorded centrally in an easily searchable, aggregated
format, however, it is likely that the above locations contain the
majority of complaint data and this is provided below.
 
1a. How many rape and sexual assault complaints were made by students on
campus in academic year 2016/17?
 
<=4
 
The exact number has been withheld under section 40(2) of FOIA. This
applies to numbers that are small enough to potentially identify
individuals, and where this applies this has been indicated using <=4.
 
Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA when the information requested is personal data
relating to someone other than the requestor, and its disclosure would
breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case we believe that
the disclosure of information in respect of potentially identifiable
individuals would not be within their reasonable expectations and as such
would be unfair and in breach of the first data protection principle which
requires personal data to be processed fairly and lawfully. We have
however substituted these numbers with the <=4 range to assist you as much
as possible.
 
Please note, we have taken ‘complaints… made by students on campus’ to
mean, complaints where the alleged incident involved a student of the
University and took place on campus (including halls of residence), only.
 
1b. How many were investigated?
 
<=4
 
The number has been withheld under section 40(2) of FOIA. This applies to
numbers that are small enough to potentially identify individuals, and
where this applies this has been indicated using <=4.
 
Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA when the information requested is personal data
relating to someone other than the requestor, and its disclosure would
breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case we believe that
the disclosure of information in respect of potentially identifiable
individuals would not be within their reasonable expectations and as such
would be unfair and in breach of the first data protection principle which
requires personal data to be processed fairly and lawfully. We have
however substituted these numbers with the <=4 range to assist you as much
as possible.
 
1c. How many resulted in convictions?
 
No information held. Outcomes of Police investigations and Court
proceedings are not routinely reported to the University.
  
We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
[1]www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information-policy
 
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:
 
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Email: [2][email address]
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer
 
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[3][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   
[4]www.reading.ac.uk/foia
 
 
 
 

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