Dear Goldsmiths, University of London,

1. Does the University have a policy for staff regarding sexual harassment/misconduct between (a) staff and staff, (b) staff and students? If so, please provide this, preferably a link to it or electronically. Such a policy might concern definitions, how to report, processes, and so on.
2. What kind of training (e.g. online or in-person; voluntary or compulsory) is provided to staff regarding sexual harassment/misconduct? Approximately how many staff have undergone this training in the last year? [or last year that has available data]
3. In the last year [or last year that has available data], how many cases of alleged sexual harassment/misconduct by staff (staff-student or staff-staff) have been reported to the university?

Yours faithfully,

R. Brunk

Goldsmiths Information Access, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dear R. Brunk,

 

We are writing to formally acknowledge your Freedom of Information (FOI)
request received on 11th March 2020. We will respond promptly but in any
event by 9th April 2020 which is 20 working days from your FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross,

London, SE14 6AF

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Dear Goldsmiths Information Access,

Could I please have an update as to the status of investigation on this request?

Yours sincerely,

R. Brunk

Goldsmiths Information Access, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dear R. Brunk,

I am writing regarding your Freedom of Information request which has been logged as FOI – 1951.

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Goldsmiths is adapting its usual approach to information governance work in order to meet the unprecedented challenges we are all facing. We are mindful that all information requests place some degree of demand on a public authority’s resources in terms of costs and staff time and that for the foreseeable future Goldsmiths must prioritise resources to other areas.

Therefore, I need to advise you that are likely to experience delays in receiving responses to information rights requests during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Yours sincerely,
Information Governance
Goldsmiths, University of London

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Dear Goldsmiths Information Access,

Any update on the status of this request?

Yours sincerely,

R. Brunk

Dear Goldsmiths, University of London,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Goldsmiths, University of London's handling of my FOI request 'Preventing and dealing with sexual harassment'.

The request is long over due, and I haven't received a response from prompting. I understand the situation is difficult in regards to COVID-19, but I've been able to receive responses from other universities, so I would hope the University of London Goldsmith would also be able to respond at this time, or at least give me an update as to when they expect to be able to do so.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

R. Brunk

Goldsmiths Information Access, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Dear R. Brunk,


I am writing to apologise for the delay in responding to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request; I am now responding to your request for an internal review dated 6 August 2020.

Goldsmiths, University of London takes allegations relating to sexual misconduct in any form (and indeed all complaints raised to it) very seriously. Goldsmiths has made a concerted effort to encourage the reporting of sexual harassment/violence and to improve its ability to respond. The University has adopted a proactive approach to tackling the issue of sexual harassment and violence. This started in October 2016 with the publication of a 10-point action plan that clearly set out our commitment to thoroughly investigate any allegations and our plans for raising awareness and improving our reporting framework. In March 2018 Goldsmiths launched Report and Support, an online tool allowing anyone in the Goldsmiths community to report or disclose that they have experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence and/or stalking.

With regards to your specific questions.

1. Does the University have a policy for staff regarding sexual harassment/misconduct between (a) staff and staff, (b) staff and students? If so, please provide this, preferably a link to it or electronically. Such a policy might concern definitions, how to report, processes, and so on.

I need to advise you that Section 21 Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) exempts information from the right of access under the Freedom of Information Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. Therefore, I would like to direct you to the following location where you will be able to locate the information you have requested: https://reportandsupport.gold.ac.uk/supp...

2. What kind of training (e.g. online or in-person; voluntary or compulsory) is provided to staff regarding sexual harassment/misconduct? Approximately how many staff have undergone this training in the last year?

Goldsmiths has been working to eradicate sexual violence in all its forms including sexual harassment, sexualised abuses of power (sexual misconduct), stalking and domestic violence. A vital part of our campaign to achieve this is ensuring that everyone who works at Goldsmiths has the same understanding of the continuum of sexual violence and the impact of such behaviours. Goldsmiths has partnered with Rape Crisis South London to put on a series briefings for all staff, and tailored sessions for those in leadership, pastoral and crisis response roles. Over 1,300 staff including personal tutors, campus security staff, and staff in student welfare /wellbeing services have been trained and four members of staff within Student Support Services have been trained as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers.

3. In the last year [or last year that has available data], how many cases of alleged sexual harassment/misconduct by staff (staff-student or staff-staff) have been reported to the university?

I need to advise you that Section 21 Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) exempts information from the right of access under the Freedom of Information Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. Therefore, I would like to direct you to the following location where you will be able to locate the information you have requested: https://www.gold.ac.uk/media/docs/public...

I hope this information satisfies your request, however, if you are still not satisfied following this internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be contacted at the following address.

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,
Information Governance
Goldsmiths, University of London

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Dear Goldsmiths Information Access,

Hello and thank you for responding. For question 2, can you clarify if these trainings are conducted in person or online? And does any of the training content include bystander intervention training?

Yours sincerely,

R. Brunk