Sexual harassment investigation statistics

[name removed] made this Freedom of Information request to University of Leeds

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Dear University of Leeds,

I would like to request how many reports of sexual harassment on campus have been made in the last 5 years, and how many were investigated to the point of the perpetrator being disciplined.

Yours faithfully,

[name removed]

Tracey Crombie,

Dear [name removed]

Further to your Freedom of Information below, can you clarify what you mean by 'harassment' and also whether this is in relation to reports of sexual harassment by students? If you could get back to me asap this will help to expedite your request.

Kind regards.

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Tel:  0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)
Fax:  0113 343 3925

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Dear Tracey Crombie,

By sexual harassment, I mean anything that has been filed as verbal, non-verbal or physical sexual harassment. This can be sexual assault of any of the previous three categories or rape.
I am looking for any information of the following that involves students of the university, so any sexual harassment that has involved a student as the victim or as the perpetrator, or both.

Yours sincerely,

[name removed]

Tracey Crombie,

Dear [name removed]

Thank you for your prompt clarification, you should expect to hear from the University in response by 15 July 2015, if, in the meantime, you have any queries about the request, please don’t hesitate to Contact Jenny Foggin ([email address]) or myself.

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)
Fax: 0113 343 3925

This communication is intended solely for the addressee, is strictly confidential and may also be legally privileged. If you are not the addressee please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance on it or any attachments. Instead, please contact Tracey Crombie on the above telephone number.

Any liability (in negligence or otherwise) arising from any third party acting, or refraining from acting, on any information contained in this email is excluded.

It is the responsibility of the receiver of this email to ensure that any onward transmission or use of this email (including attachments) will not adversely affect their systems or data contained on their systems. Receivers are advised to carry out virus checks. The University of Leeds accepts no responsibility with regard to the communication or other use of this email.

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Jenny Foggin,

Dear [name removed],

I'm really sorry for the delay in my response. You asked about complaints
of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape that were investigated
through the University's student disciplinary procedures
([1]http://www.leeds.ac.uk/secretariat/stude...). It’s not
possible to quantify how many reports of sexual harassment, assault or
rape there might have been. These are very sensitive matters and students
can report them to any member of staff that they trust; it just would not
be possible within the 18 hour limit for the location and retrieval of
information (set out in Section 12 of the FoIA) to check with every member
of staff whether they have any records of reports. I can tell you, though,
that since 2012-13, the University has investigated, through the central
procedures, 5 reports of activity that could have constituted sexual
harassment and has applied internal disciplinary sanctions. Unfortunately
the records prior to 2012-13 are not held on the same accessible
electronic system and it would require in excess of the 18 hours set out
in section 12 of the FoIA for me to search them.

 

It is important that I clarify that if a student alleged that a criminal
offence had taken place, such as sexual assault, the University believes
that it would be more appropriate for the allegation to be the subject of
a police investigation. The University has no criminal jurisdiction and
must consider the overall risks to student and staff safety if there are
allegations of offences on campus. The earlier the police are involved in
an investigation the greater their chances of success, rather than waiting
until after the outcome of an internal process. Students are adults and
the University must respect the fact that the decision whether or not to
report an incident must be their own, but they are offered a range of
support and advice to help them to come to a decision, and to work through
the consequences of the decision. The police, of course, are also able to
offer a wide range of support to students raising such allegations, and to
refer them to a number of external organisations for help and advice.

 

I hope this is helpful in resolving your query. If you have any questions
about this email, however, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to or email directly Mr D Wardle, The University
Complaints Officer, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
([2][email address]). Further information about how the
University manages Freedom of Information requests and about our
complaints procedure is also available on our website
([3]www.leeds.ac.uk).

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the review/complaints procedure provided by the University.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Best wishes,

 

Jenny

 

Jenny Foggin

Senior Governance and Freedom of Information Officer

Legal Adviser’s Office

The University of Leeds

0113 3431155

 

This communication is intended solely for the addressee, is strictly
confidential and may also be legally privileged.  If you are not the
addressee please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance
on it or any attachments.  Instead, please contact Tracey Crombie on the
above telephone number.

 

Any liability (in negligence or otherwise) arising from any third party
acting, or refraining from acting, on any information contained in this
email is excluded.

 

It is the responsibility of the receiver of this email to ensure that any
onward transmission or use of this email (including attachments) will not
adversely affect their systems or data contained on their systems. 
Receivers are advised to carry out virus checks.  The University of Leeds
accepts no responsibility with regard to the communication or other use of
this email.

 

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