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Dear University College London,

am doing a study of how COVID-19 and the me too movement have affected instances if sexual misconduct within UK universities and how universities deal with sexual misconduct in general.

I would like to know the following information for the last 5 academic years from 2016 to 2021:
1. The number of cases of reported sexual assault, and how many of these had enough evidence to uphold charges
2. The number of cases of reported rape, and how many of these had enough evidence to uphold charges
3. What sanctions and/or education and rehabilitation these students faced
4. What factors the university takes into account when deciding whether or not to expel students for sexual misconduct.

Yours faithfully,

Caitlin Gallagher

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Dear Ms Gallagher,

Thank you for your below request for information.

Can you please clarify whether you're only requesting information for cases where the alleged perpetrator is a student?

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services
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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response, yes I would like only cases where the alleged perpetrator is a student.

Yours sincerely,

Caitlin Gallagher

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Ms Gallagher,

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information where it is not exempt, has been
provided below.

 

Your request and our response

 

Clarification received: I would like only cases where the alleged
perpetrator is a student.

 

I would like to know the following information for the last 5 academic
years from 2016 to 2021:

 

1. The number of cases of reported sexual assault, and how many of these
had enough evidence to uphold charges

2. The number of cases of reported rape, and how many of these had enough
evidence to uphold charges

3. What sanctions and/or education and rehabilitation these students faced

UCL is committed to increased transparency and accountability in
addressing issues of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct within our
community.

As part of this commitment, UCL publishes annual anonymous reports on data
insights and intelligence obtained through Report + Support, an online
reporting tool for students and staff to report issues of unacceptable
behaviour ([1]https://report-support.ucl.ac.uk/), and other reporting
pathways.

Our reports include the number of reports received, actions taken,
outcomes and next steps for the institution in creating a welcoming and
inclusive environment for all members of our community. One of the key
objectives of the Full Stop campaign and Report + Support is to ensure UCL
students and staff feel safe reporting issues of bullying, harassment and
sexual misconduct. UCL recognises that increased reporting is essential to
effective prevention. Therefore, UCL will view an initial increase in
disclosures and reports as an indicator of trust and confident in
reporting and in an effective response.

Our records do not distinguish between sexual assault, rape and other
types of sexual misconduct. Such reports are classed in the broad category
of sexual misconduct; reports of which are published on UCL’s Publication
Scheme – see further information below.

 

The information requested above for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 academic years,
is exempt from disclosure due to Section 21, which states:

 

“(1)Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
than under Section 1 is exempt information.”

 

This information is available on [2]this page of the Publication Scheme
under the ‘Annual reports on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct’
section in the following sub-section:-

 

“What our priorities are and how we are doing”

 

Please note that the information requested for 2019/20 and 2020/21 is
available to view on the Report + Support web page which is linked on the
above page of the Publication Scheme.

  

4. What factors the university takes into account when deciding whether or
not to expel students for sexual misconduct.

 

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Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Senior Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

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