Universities accused of failing sexual misconduct victims with inadequate policies and lack of enforcement (iNews)
Reclaim the Campus – a student campaign set up to address sexual harassment, assault and rape on campus – sent freedom of information requests to 41 of the UK’s largest universities.
They found that just 13 universities in the sample had a specific policy on sexual misconduct. Half of the universities meanwhile had no policy on sanctions that perpetrators of sexual assault would face – something needed to “deter incidents and to enable a clear process of accountability”.
Georgina Calvert-Lee, anti-discrimination and harassment lawyer at McAllister Olivarius, said: “Yet again we see that it’s down to student activism to highlight the sexual harassment they are enduring without adequate support or recourse to justice.
“The Reclaim the Campus report is a necessary reminder that many universities are shirking their responsibility in this regard and have a long way to go before their campuses will be safe and healthy spaces.”