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

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Dear Edge Hill 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

foi, Edge Hill University

Good morning Nicola Chanamuto

Our reference: FOI192014377

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information relating to Edge Hill University. Your request was received in our offices 16th December, 2019 and is being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under the Act, the University is required to provide you with a response within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request for information no later than 18th January, 2020.

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Kind regards
Lisa Cobain

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foi, Edge Hill University

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Dear Nicola

Our reference: FOI192014377

Many thanks for your email relating to activities at Edge Hill University. I can confirm it has now been processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find attached the Bullying and Harassment Policy and Quick Guide. Although this is not a specific gender-based violence and/or sexual misconduct policy, it is a relevant policy which would be used in the event that a member of the University community made a complaint relating to staff.

In addition, please see the Sexual Violence Policy on our website: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/documents/sex.... The policy states that any issues will be investigated under the relevant disciplinary procedure. For students this would be the one here https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/documents/stu....

We trust that this information fully answers your request, however if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review, quoting the above reference number in all communications. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Dr C Hutchinson-Howorth, Director of Strategic Planning at the University.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner requesting he review our decision. You must submit your complaint in writing to the Commissioner within six months of receiving the response to review letter. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Kind regards

Nicole Hughes
Assistant Planning Officer
Edge Hill University

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