Sexual violence statistics at the University of Warwick

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Dear University of Warwick,

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

I request information on the following:

- The number of reported instances of sexual assault
- The number of reported instances of rape
- How many of these result in expulsion for the perpetrator
- How many of these have been referred to the Police

Yours faithfully,

Lara B

infocompliance, Resource, University of Warwick

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Lara

Thank you for submitting an FOI request, requesting information from the
University of Warwick. In order to comply with your request, we would be
grateful if you could please clarify the following:

·        Please can you confirm that you are interested in this
information from the 2015/16 academic year to the 2019/20 academic as your
request currently states 2015 which covers two academic years (2014/15 and
2015/15).

·       Please confirm whether this request covers reported instances of
student on student sexual violence only or any other groups of people? If
the latter then please specify which groupings.

Please note that the University will only be able to provide information
in relation to formal reported instances of sexual violence via Stage 2 or
3 of the Student Complaints Resolution Procedure as those reported under
stage 1 are dealt with informally by the department to whom the person
makes the report and therefore is not centrally recorded (although it is
unlikely that a report of this nature would be dealt with informally and
would automatically be escalated to the stage 2 level). To include
informal stage 1 reports within the remit of this request would exceed the
appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.  Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a
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Dear infocompliance, Resource,

I confirm that I am interested in the information from the 2015/16 academic year to the 2019/20 academic year.
I also confirm that this request covers reported instances of student on student sexual violence only.

Yours sincerely,

Lara B

infocompliance, Resource, University of Warwick

Lara B

 

Thank you for your email dated 05 August 2020 requesting information from
the University of Warwick under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please find below your request and our response.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information
about all instances of sexual violence reported by students at the
University of Warwick from 2015 until the end of the 2019/20 academic
year. I request information on the following:

-              The number of reported instances of sexual assault

-              The number of reported instances of rape

-              How many of these result in expulsion for the perpetrator

-              How many of these have been referred to the Police

After the University sought clarification from you on 05 August 2020, you
provided the following further information:

o I confirm that I am interested in the information from the 2015/16
academic year to the 2019/20 academic year.
o I also confirm that this request covers reported instances of student
on student sexual violence only.

Please find the requested information below:

-              The number of reported instances of alleged sexual assault

+---------------------------------------+
|2015/16|2016/17|2017/18|2018/19|2019/20|
| | | | | (so |
|   | | | | far) |
|-------+-------+-------+-------+-------|
| < 5 | | | | |
| | < 5 | 7 | 7 | 6 |
|   | | | | |
+---------------------------------------+

-              The number of reported instances of rape

The University does not use this classification, which is applicable to
criminal cases. University Regulation 23 applies to sexual misconduct.

[1]https://warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calen...

[2]https://warwick.ac.uk/about/values/sexua...

-              How many of these result in expulsion for the perpetrator

+---------------------------------------+
|2015/16|2016/17|2017/18|2018/19|2019/20|
| | | | | (so |
|   | | | | far) |
|-------+-------+-------+-------+-------|
| 0 | 0 |< 5 PWD|< 5 PWD| 0 |
+---------------------------------------+

-              How many of these have been referred to the Police

Whether or not an incident is reported to the Police is a matter for the
individual who has alleged that they have been assaulted. The University
provides support and advice to students who allege that they have been
assaulted via a Student Liaison Officer who can help them understand the
options open to them. This includes advising them of their right to make a
report to the Police, and / or the provision of support via the
University’s Wellbeing Support Service, or from an Independent Sexual
Violence Advisor (ISVA) from Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre CRASAC
, based within the University.

Data notes:

 

o The information provided above is based on formally reported instances
of alleged student on student sexual violence submitted at either
Stage 2 or 3 of the University’s Student Complaints Resolution
Procedure.
o Please note that where the University has stated the value as a ‘< 5’
it declines to provide the actual figure on the grounds that the
numbers are very small and could potentially lead to the
identification of individuals, which may place the University in
breach of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the Data
Protection Act 2018. The University is relying on the exemption under
section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in this regard.
o Regarding your question on expulsion, the information provided
includes students who were permanently withdrawn from the University
following an investigation.

I trust that this information will be helpful to you, however, if you are
dissatisfied with the way in which your request has been handled you can
request an internal review within one month of our response and, in the
first instance, you are advised to follow the procedure outlined here:
[3]http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/legal...

If you remain dissatisfied with how your request has been handled, you
have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Walter Lane, Wilmslow, and
Cheshire, SK9 5AF (0303 123 1113) ([4]https://ico.org.uk/) There is no
charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Rowley
Ian Rowley | Director of Reputation and Culture Change
University House | University of Warwick | Coventry | CV4 8UW

 

 

 

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