Tackling sexual harassment and violence
How higher and further education institutions can protect their students from harassment and abuse.
Higher and further education institutions have a responsibility to protect their students from harassment and abuse.
There has recently been considerable press coverage of student sexual harassment and sexual violence, in particular on university campuses. Students, campaign groups, the NUS and MPs have called for universities and the HE sector to put in place policies and practices that will ensure the safety of all students.
In May 2015 ECU hosted a sector roundtable to discuss these issues, as well as the related issue of lad culture. ECU brought together a range of interested organisations and individuals from the sector with the following aims.
- Sharing the work that is already happening within the sector to tackle these issues.
- Identify if there are areas where we could collaborate and support each other’s work.
- Identify any gaps in tackling these issues, and discuss how to address identified gaps in provision, and who might be best placed to take this work forward.
In November 2015 Universities UK established a taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting students. Violence against women and sexual harassment is a key focus of the taskforce.
Examples of emerging practice
ECU’s roundtable and UUK’s taskforce have both highlighted that there is already a lot of work taking place within institutions, including consent workshops and zero tolerance campaigns.
For institutions keen to undertake work in this area, and learn from the efforts of other institutions, there are some examples of emerging practice below.
More information and next steps:
If you have examples of good practice from your institution in the area of tackling sexual harassment and violence on campus, and are willing for ECU to share this on our website, please contact Gemma Tracey, senior policy adviser.