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

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Dear University of Gloucestershire,

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

Freedom of Information, University of Gloucestershire

Dear Nicola,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on 16 December 2019.

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Yours sincerely

Ruth Neal
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Ruth Neal
Information Governance Manager
^University of Gloucestershire
Governance and Secretariat Services
The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

Tel: 01242 714140
E-mail: [email address]
Web: www.glos.ac.uk

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Freedom of Information, University of Gloucestershire

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Dear Nicola,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Information Request

 

Thank you for your request for information from the University of
Gloucestershire received on 16 December 2020.

Your request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA). 

Please find below the University’s response to your request.

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).

 

I can confirm that the University of Gloucestershire does not have a staff
policy that specifically deals with gender-based violence.  However,
please find attached policies under which any case of this nature would be
dealt with.

 

The University does not have a student policy that specifically deals with
gender-based violence.  However, please find below policies under which
any cases of this nature would be dealt with.

- Investigation procedures:

[1]https://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Equ...

- Disciplinary Procedures:

[2]https://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Key...

- Student Code of Conduct:

[3]https://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Equ...

- Student Bullying, Harassment & Victimisation Procedures:

[4]https://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Equ...

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review, no later than 40 working days from the
date of this response by contacting the University by email at: 

[5][email address]

or by post to:

Registrar’s Directorate
University of Gloucestershire
Fullwood House
Park Campus
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 2RH

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: 

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire, SK9 5AF. 

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45            

Website: www.ico.gov.uk   

There is no charge for making an appeal. 

If you have any questions regarding this information, then please do not
hesitate to contact me. 

Yours sincerely,

 

R Neal

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Ruth Neal

Information Governance Manager

^University of Gloucestershire

Governance and Secretariat Services

The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

 

Tel: 01242 714140

E-mail: [email address]

Web: [6]www.glos.ac.uk

 

 

 

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