Statistics for sexual misconduct at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dear Manchester Metropolitan University,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information about all instances of sexual misconduct reported by students at Manchester Metropolitan 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,

Lara Brett

FOI, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dear Manchester Metropolitan University,

Please could you respond to my FOI request dating 21st September 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Lara Brett

FOI, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dear Ms Brett

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to your request, we have been
impacted by the covid pandemic and this has caused some short delays.

 

1.     Whether the university has a specific policy for handling
allegations of sexual misconduct

Please see our Student Code of Conduct:
[1]https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-case-manag...
Complaints/allegations against staff would be dealt with under the HR
Disciplinary Policy.  You may also wish to refer to the following
webpages:

[2]https://reportandsupport.mmu.ac.uk/

[3]https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-life/wellb...

[4]https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-life/wellb...

[5]https://www.mmu.ac.uk/student-case-manag...

 

2.     Whether the university employs an Independent Sexual Violence
Advisor

Three members of staff from the University’s Wellbeing Service have
received training as Sexual Violence Liaison Officers. However, there is
no dedicated post currently with the title ‘Independent Sexual Violence
Advisor’ at this time.

 

3.     The number of reported instances of sexual assault

4.     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)

5.     Statistics of whether the perpetrator was a student or member of
staff

6.     How many of these resulted in expulsion for the perpetrator

 

For questions 3 to 7, we are unable to provide the specific information
you have requested because the University does not record or categorise
such information by ‘rape’ or ‘sexual assault’.  Complaints/allegations
and reports received via the police/courts/probation service are recorded
as sexual misconduct.  This would include a range of behavioural issues,
such as an incident of an inappropriate gesture/language used, or
inappropriate touch, to sexual assault or sexual harassment.  We are able
to provide the following information if this is of assistance to you:

 

From 2016/17 to 2019/20, the University received a total of 22
reports/complaints of sexual misconduct/harassment.  Of these:

-             12 cases were received as police/court matters notified to
the University

-             10 cases were received as internal reports/complaints

 

Outcomes, were as follows:

-             No internal action taken, due to the accused student
withdrawing from the University: 3

-             Expelled due to custodial sentence: 2

-             Internal complaint withdrawn/not pursued by complainant: 2

-             Internal investigation ongoing: 3

-             Internal disciplinary action taken: 4 (warnings given in all
4 cases, plus a fine (in 2 cases), and behavioural education (eg consent
course/reflective essay) in 2 cases)

-             Police investigation ongoing: 2

-             Where the University is aware/notified of an arrest or court
trial, we do not always receive information about the outcome.  However,
our records indicate that of the 12 cases involving police/court action,
it appears that there were no criminal charges issued in 6 instances, and
the University was unable to investigate/take action in these cases due to
lack of complaint/information.

 

              We are unable to provide information for 2015/16 as
complaints data was not centralised until 2016/17.

We are unable to provide the figures per year, as the numbers are so low
that individuals would be indirectly identifiable and disclosure would
therefore be contrary to our requirements under data protection
legislation; and therefore exempt from disclosure under s40 Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

If you are dissatisfied with this response and wish to appeal our
decision, please write to [6][Manchester Metropolitan University request email] giving your reasons for
appealing.  You must appeal within 40 working days of the date of this
email.  Under s5.3 of the Freedom of Information Act Code of Practice, we
are not obliged to accept appeals/internal reviews after this date.  You
also have a subsequent right of appeal to the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO), see their website at: [7]https://ico.org.uk for more
information.

 

Regards

 

Michelle Gretton | Senior Information Governance Officer

Legal Services | Manchester Metropolitan University

Email: [8][Manchester Metropolitan University request email]  

All Saints Building | Oxford Road | Manchester | M15 6BH | United Kingdom
| mmu.ac.uk

 

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