Dear Cardiff Metropolitan 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.

Yours faithfully,

Nicola Chanamuto

Freedom of Information, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dear Nicola,

Thank you for your request for information (under the Freedom of Information Act 2000). Your request was received on the 28.01.2020 and has been given the following reference number: RI1570. Please use this reference number in all future correspondence. Thank you.

We endeavour to respond to your request promptly, however we are permitted, under the Act, to take up to 20 working days – the first day being the first working day after the request is received (this does not include Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays or Public Holidays). If for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully informed of the reason(s) why.

If you have any queries about this acknowledgement and/or your request, or if at any stage you are unhappy with the way in which your request is being dealt with, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail ([email address]), letter (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB) or telephone (02920 20 5635).

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Esther Steele
Executive Officer / Swyddog Gweithredol

Tel  / Ffôn: 029 2020 5635
Email / E-bost: [email address]

Mae Met Caerdydd yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg a byddwn yn sicrhau ein bod yn cyfathrebu â chi yn eich dewis iaith boed yn Gymraeg, yn Saesneg neu’n ddwyieithog dim ond i chi roi gwybod i ni pa un sydd well gennych. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn creu unrhyw oedi.

Cardiff Met welcomes correspondence in English and Welsh and we will ensure that we communicate with you in the language of your choice, whether that’s English, Welsh or bilingual as long as you let us know which you prefer. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to any delay.

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Freedom of Information, Cardiff Metropolitan University

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Dear Nicola,

 

Reference Number: RI1570.

 

Thank you for your request for information (under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000).

 

We are pleased to confirm that we hold the information you have requested
and are therefore able to provide answers to your questions.

 

If you have asked for the response to your request to be presented in an
Excel Spreadsheet, PDF or Word Document please find it attached.
Otherwise, please find the answers to your questions below in red text:

 

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.

 

Please find attached the University’s policies which bare relevance to
gender-based violence or sexual misconduct.

 

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been dealt with
or with the outcome of the consideration given to your request, you may
ask for an Internal Review. If you are not content with the outcome of the
Internal Review you have the right to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision. Our procedure for carrying out Internal
Reviews can be found under the ‘Complaint’ section of [1]this document.

 

If you have any queries about this response or would like any further
information about your request, or the Freedom of Information Act in
general, please do not hesitate to contact us again by e-mail
([2][email address]), letter (Cardiff Metropolitan
University, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB) or
telephone (02920 20 5635).

 

Thank you very much.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Esther Steele

Executive Officer / Swyddog Gweithredol

 

Mae Met Caerdydd yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg a byddwn yn
sicrhau ein bod yn cyfathrebu â chi yn eich dewis iaith boed yn Gymraeg,
yn Saesneg neu’n ddwyieithog dim ond i chi roi gwybod i ni pa un sydd well
gennych. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn creu unrhyw oedi.

 

Cardiff Met welcomes correspondence in English and Welsh and we will
ensure that we communicate with you in the language of your choice,
whether that’s English, Welsh or bilingual as long as you let us know
which you prefer. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to any delay.

 

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