Sexual Misconduct

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Dear De Montfort University,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information about all instances of sexual misconduct reported by students at the University of [University] from 2015/2016 until the end of the 2019/20 academic year inclusive.

I request information on the following:

- Whether the university has a specific policy for handling allegations of sexual misconduct
- Whether the university employs an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
- The number of reported instances of sexual assault
- The number of reported instances of rape
(Including but not limited to those that took place within university operated premises, such as the students union, venues and halls of residence)
- Statistics of whether the perpetrator was a student or member of staff
- How many of these resulted in expulsion for the perpetrator

Yours faithfully,
Zoe Reeve

Freedom Of Information, De Montfort University

Dear Zoe,

During the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while De Montfort University will make every effort to comply with the timescales of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, it may be necessary to temporarily divert resources to support the welfare and safety of staff and students, and away from the University’s compliance and information rights work, and this may impact our response times.

We apologise for any impact this may have, but this is a challenge many organisations will face at the moment and one the Information Commissioner’s Office have recognised. The Information Commissioner’s Office have advised:

We can’t extend statutory timescales, but we will tell people through our own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

The Information Commissioner’s Office have provided additional information here

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

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Paul Starkey

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Legal

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Trinity House

The Gateway
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T: +44 (0)116 2577655
E: [email address]
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Responsible for: Freedom of Information, Data Protection Act compliance and Records Management

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Dear Zoe,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000-INFORMATION REQUEST

During the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while De Montfort University is making every effort to comply with the timescales of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the General Data Protection Regulation, and the Data Protection Act 2018, it has been necessary to temporarily divert resources to support the welfare and safety of staff and students, and away from the University’s compliance and information rights work, and this has impacted our response times.

We apologise for any impact this may have, but this is a challenge many organisations will face at the moment and one the Information Commissioner’s Office have recognised. The Information Commissioner’s Office have advised:

We can’t extend statutory timescales, but we will tell people through our own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

The Information Commissioner’s Office have provided additional information here

Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our response is as follows:

Whether the university has a specific policy for handling allegations of sexual misconduct yes Sexual Misconduct Policy 2020 https://www.dmu.ac.uk/documents/dmu-stud...

- Whether the university employs an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor No independent sexual violence advisor. DMU employs a colleague who is responsible for advising and assisting students who make complaints of a sexual nature.

- The number of reported instances of sexual assault We do not categorise sexual assault, but instead categorise sexual misconduct.
Figures from October 2019 to date (13/11/2020). We do not hold electronic information relating to total numbers prior to this date and the gathering of such would take in excess of the appropriate limit as set down under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

October 2019 to 13/11/2020 = 21, alleged perpetrators students =12, expulsions = 0

- The number of reported instances of rape
We do not categorise rape, but instead categorise sexual misconduct.
The figure for this is as above.

(Including but not limited to those that took place within university operated premises, such as the students union, venues and halls of residence)
- Statistics of whether the perpetrator was a student or member of staff
- How many of these resulted in expulsion for the perpetrator

Please see enclosed document

If you have any queries please get in touch with me to discuss them. You might like to know that the University’s website www.dmu.ac.uk contains a section on the Freedom of Information Act that lists other publications readily available from the University under its Publication Scheme.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Starkey

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Legal

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

Trinity House

The Gateway
Leicester
LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 2577655
E: [email address]
W: dmu.ac.uk

Responsible for: Freedom of Information, Data Protection Act compliance and Records Management

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