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

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Dear University of Liverpool,

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

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FOI/2019/514

2^nd January 2020

 

Name:  Nicola Chanamuto

By email to: [FOI #627042 email]

 

Dear Ms Chanamuto,

 

Thank you for your email of 12^th December requesting information from the
University of Liverpool.  Colleagues have provided the information
requested below.

 

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).

 

The University of Liverpool addresses the issues of gender-based violence
or sexual misconduct among students as part of the Policy on Student
Conduct and Discipline. Sexual misconduct offences, specifically a
definition adopted by The University of Liverpool and the sanctions which
will be considered when an allegation of sexual misconduct is considered
proven, are addressed in an appendix to this Policy (Appendix I).
Furthermore, advice and guidance is provided to students and staff through
the Student Support Services website.

 

Sources:

1.       University of Liverpool Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline:
[1]https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/media/livacu...

2.       Appendix I - Non-Academic Misconduct Offences and Indicative
Sanctions:
[2]https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/media/livacu...

3.       Information and guidance for students who are reporting
allegations of sexual misconduct, and for those who have been reported:
[3]https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsuppo...

4.       Information and guidance for staff regarding allegations of
sexual misconduct:
[4]https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsuppo...

 

Note: Sources (3) and (4) above are pages on a website, not Word or PDF
documents as requested. However, these are not policies but simply advice
which does also refer the reader to the Policy and Appendix listed above.
Their inclusion is simply to demonstrate how information is communicated
to students and staff. 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information / Data Protection Officer 
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

The information in this email and any attachments is confidential. Unless
you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended
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