Dear Durham University,

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

I request information on the following:

- The number of reported instances of sexual assault (including rape)
- 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

ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Ms Brett

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Yours sincerely

Information Governance Unit
Durham University

Information Governance Unit, University Secretary’s Office
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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Lara Brett

 

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University. 
Colleagues have provided the information below in response to your
questions.

 

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

 

I request information on the following:

 

The number of reported instances of sexual assault (including rape)

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

How many of these resulted in expulsion for the perpetrator

 

Information for 2015 - 2019 is published online at
[1]https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/committe...
For this reason, the information you have requested is exempt under
section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as it is
reasonably accessible otherwise than under the FOIA.

 

The University confirms that it holds the information for 2019/20 that you
have requested.  However, the University declines your request under
Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).  Section 22
exempts information from release where the public authority or another
person intends to publish the information at some future date, whether
determined or not, and where it is reasonable to withhold the information
prior to publication.

 

The University intends to publish this information as part of the Sexual
Misconduct & Violence Annual Trend Monitoring Report which will be
published on the University website when complete.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the University’s response to your freedom of
information request, you can ask us to internally review our handling of
your request, including the application of any exemptions applied.  To do
this, please email [2][Durham University request email] or write to:

 

Information Governance Unit

The Palatine Centre

Stockton Road

Durham

DH1 3LE          

 

Please state the grounds on which you wish the decision to be reviewed and
enclose any other information that may be useful in considering the matter
further.  We aim to inform you of our decision within 20 working days from
the date your request for internal review is received.

 

If you are not satisfied with the results of the internal review you may
apply to the Information Commissioner's Office for an independent review.

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane                                                  

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

[3]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Unit

Durham University

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