Dear Royal Veterinary College,

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.

Yours faithfully,

Nicola Chanamuto

FOI, Royal Veterinary College

Dear Ms Chanamuto

We write to acknowledge receipt of your request for data under the terms
of the Freedom of Information Act and shall reply again in due course.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Officer                   

The Royal Veterinary College

 

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FOI, Royal Veterinary College

Dear Ms Chanamuto

Having conducted a search of the College’s records, we can confirm that it
does hold information relevant to your request and accordingly have
provided the hyperlinks to the documents below:

 

RVC Charter (Student) -
[1]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Student Social Media Policy -
[2]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Janet Acceptable Use Policy -
[3]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Equality & Diversity Policy -
[4]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Athena Swan Charter -
[5]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/h...

 

Dignity at Work Policy -
[6]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Guidance on Personal relationships at work -
[7]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Student disciplinary procedures may come into play if we consider any of
our policies/standards of behaviour may have been breached. Some of our
courses (and most of our students) are on programmes leading to
professional registration and therefore we alert those students via the
curriculum to the expected standards of behaviour of their intended
professional body and will reference these also in Professional
Requirements Procedures:

 

Misconduct procedure -
[8]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/Media/Default/Abou...

 

Professional Requirements (inc. Fitness to Study) -
[9]https://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/the-rvc/acad...

 

Fitness to Practise – A Guide for UK Veterinary Schools and Veterinary
Students -
[10]https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/p...

 

Fitness to Practise – A Guide for UK Providers of Veterinary Nursing
Education and Student Veterinary Nurses -
[11]https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/p...

 

The RVC is satisfied that in making this response, it has complied with
the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. If, for any reason,
you are not satisfied with this response, you should request an internal
review by writing to The Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to the
Council, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield,
AL9 7TA, who will ensure that this is dealt with accordingly. There is no
charge for such a request. Should you still be dissatisfied with the
outcome, you have the right to make a complaint via the Information
Commissioner, pursuant to Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act,
via The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Officer                   

The Royal Veterinary College

 

 

 

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