Some of the UK’s top universities are hiring sexual assault investigators. Georgina Calvert-Lee told The Tab it is a “positive step”, but could still not “guarantee an absolutely perfect bias-free outcome for the complainant.”
“When we sue universities, there is often an intellectual hubris. They don’t think they should be held accountable.”
Dr. Olivarius in the Daily Mail commenting on a new survey on sexual assault on campus.
The Tab surveyed 4,000 students about their experiences of sexual assault on campus – and interview Dr. Olivarius about the shocking results.
“There is still no one in authority, like the OfS, telling universities that a fair procedure requires equal treatment of both parties,” said Georgina Calvert-Lee. “We’ve always had recalcitrant universities who just won’t do anything until they absolutely have to. And that’s why they’ve eventually got to make it mandatory.”
Georgina Calvert-Lee considers how UK universities might ensure that their disciplinary procedures are demonstrably fair to victims of harassment and sexual misconduct.
When university complaints procedures for sexual misconduct systematically favour the accused over the complainant, the universities create a discriminatory environment towards women who make up most complaints.
Georgina Calvert-Lee explains in The Guardian.
Universities ‘put on notice’ that they could be sued over student sexual harassment – our top team Ann Olivarius and Georgina Calvert-Lee warn no more sweeping sexual harassment under the rug.
McAllister Olivarius comments on Everyone’s Invited report showing the full extent of rape culture in university campuses across the UK.
“These are issues we see across the board at many universities. The people in charge don’t seem to realise the long-term damage this can cause.” – Georgina Calvert-Lee on the problems at Warwick and many other universities whose students are coming to us for help.
“When they complain about it and expect their institution to swing into action and protect them, they are instead not believed, or put straight back in the same classroom with their assailant” – Georgina Calvert-Lee on the damage done twice to schools survivors. #EveryonesInvited
Kelsey Murrell explains the key legislative differences in reporting sexual assault at university in the UK versus the US; and why she’s holding universities accountable when they derail students’ lives.
Georgina Calvert-Lee speaks to the Tab about how Warwick university’s recent failure to exclude another sexual harasser shows it ‘hasn’t learned’ from its mistakes in the Warwick rape chat case.