University policies on gender-based violence, sexual misconduct, violence, bullying and harassment

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Dear Leeds Beckett University,

I am part of a research team at the University of Lincoln looking at policies on gender-based violence in UK universities.

The researchers will analyse existing gender-based violence policies across the UK HE sector. One output of the research will be a user-friendly set of recommendations for practitioners on constructing effective policies, which we trust will be of benefit to your institution and your student communities.

We request that you share with us any and all policies your institution has which address issues of gender-based violence or sexual misconduct, including misconduct among students and between staff and students.

We understand gender-based violence as behaviour or attitudes underpinned by inequitable power relations that hurt, threaten or undermine people because of their (perceived) gender or sexuality. Gender-based violence includes a continuum of behaviours and attitudes both online and offline, such as domestic violence, sexual violence, sexist harassment, and homo/transphobia.

If your university does not have specific gender-based violence and/or sexual misconduct policies, please share your closest relevant policies. Relevant policies include all those which would be used in the event that a member of the university community made a complaint relating to any aspect of gender-based violence (see definition above). If you have any queries about what constitutes a relevant policy, please contact us.

Participants are asked to share relevant policies from their institution in a Word or PDF format.

This project has been assessed by the independent University of Lincoln Research Ethics committee, to protect your interests. The intention of the research is not to ‘name and shame’ institutions, but rather to improve responses to gender-based violence within higher education. Examples of best practice will be shared, but institutions will only be named with permission.

We are aware that you are very busy and greatly appreciate your participation. We hope that the outcomes of this research will benefit the sector, including your institution, and will of course keep you informed about the final report in case it is of interest.

Many thanks,
Nicola Chanamuto

Whitehead, Alex, Leeds Beckett University

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Dear Nicola,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information. It will be
processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and you should expect to receive a response by 17
January 2020.

 

Kind regards,

 

Alex

 

[1]Leeds Alex Whitehead
Beckett Casework Administrator
University [2]Leeds Governance & Legal Services
Beckett
University Leeds Beckett University, 101 The Old Broadcasting
House, City Campus, Leeds LS2 9EN
Email: [3][email address] Tel:
0113 812 2260

 

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Bakhat, Rehana, Leeds Beckett University

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Dear Nicola,

 

This email sets out the University’s response to your request for
information. It has been processed in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).

 

I can confirm we hold the information that you requested under S1(1)a of
the FOIA. You asked:

 

We request that you share with us any and all policies your institution
has which address issues of gender-based violence or sexual misconduct,
including misconduct among students and between staff and students.

 

We understand gender-based violence as behaviour or attitudes underpinned
by inequitable power relations that hurt, threaten or undermine people
because of their (perceived) gender or sexuality. Gender-based violence
includes a continuum of behaviours and attitudes both online and offline,
such as domestic violence, sexual violence, sexist harassment, and
homo/transphobia.

 

If your university does not have specific gender-based violence and/or
sexual misconduct policies, please share your closest relevant policies.
Relevant policies include all those which would be used in the event that
a member of the university community made a complaint relating to any
aspect of gender-based violence (see definition above). If you have any
queries about what constitutes a relevant policy, please contact us.

 

Participants are asked to share relevant policies from their institution
in a Word or PDF format.

 

I consider that this information is exempt from disclosure pursuant to
s.21 FOIA, because it is in the public domain and is, therefore,
reasonably accessible by other means.  You will this find information at
the following webpages:

 

[1]https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-in...

We do not have a specific gender based violence/sexual misconduct staff
policy. The relevant staff policies are Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
and Disciplinary Rules, Dignity at Work and Study Policy, Grievance Policy
and Procedure.

 

[2]https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-in...

We do not have a specific gender based violence/sexual misconduct student
policy. The relevant student policies are under student conduct and
student complaints.

 

[3]https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthu...

We also prescribe to Zero Tolerance to sexual harassment and sexual
violence. The guidance covers the university’s position and these issues
are dealt under this process.

 

I trust that this concludes your request satisfactorily. If you are
dissatisfied with the way that your request has been handled, you may
request a review by emailing the Head of Information Governance on
[4][email address]. A request for review must be made in no
more than 40 working days from the date of this email.

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the conclusion of the internal
review, you may apply to the Information Commissioner whose address is:
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Regards,

 

Rehana

 

[5]cid:image001.png@01D44506.B1449850 Rehana Bakhat
Casework Coordinator
Governance & Legal Services,

University Secretary’s Office

[6]cid:image002.png@01D44506.B1449850 Leeds Beckett University, 101
Old Broadcasting House,
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN

Email:
[7][email address]
Tel: 0113 812 3410

 

 

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