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

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Dear University of Suffolk,

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

Victoria Matthews,

Dear Nicola,

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Thank you for your request for information received in our office on 19 December 2019. This is being processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the University does not hold the information; if there is a reason for it to be withheld or the volume of the information requested means it will take longer to collate the information, you will be written to.

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Kind regards,

Tori Matthews
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Victoria Matthews,

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Dear Nicole,

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There is currently a working group looking at a gender-based policy so is in progress.

Related policies as per your requested have been attached and one can also be found on the following link: https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/general-re...

If you have any queries then please contact me.

Many thanks,

Tori Matthews
Professional Assistant to the Academic Registrar and Secretary to Safeguarding Officers / Freedom of Information

Waterfront Building
Neptune Quay
Ipswich
IP4 1QJ

01473 338679 | [email address] | www.uos.ac.uk

For a list of all UCS open events, see www.uos.ac.uk/openevents

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