The ‘#MeToo movement’ highlighted the urgent need for universities to address the serious problem of sexual misconduct on university campuses. At this timely event, we examine institutional responses to gender and sexual-based violence on campus, measures to tackle ‘lad culture’, and what next steps should be taken to protect and support students.
Fostering a campus culture that condemns gender-based violence
Research by NUS Scotland in 2014 found that one in five students suffer sexual violence or harassment in their first week at university and that fourteen per cent of women students had experienced serious sexual violence. Only four per cent had reported the violence to their university: the most common reason for non-reporting was embarrassment or fear of not being believed.
This is not only a student issue, however. A 2018 NUS report Power In The Academy found that four in ten students in the UK had experienced unwelcome advances and assault by university staff, including sexualised comments, inappropriate touching, and rape. In those instances, some students do not report for fear of academic consequences.
The fact that these statistics and reports exist is in no small part down to the #MeToo movement. Along with campaigns such as the #emilytest – led by the mother of a student who took her own life after being in an abusive relationship – Scottish universities have recourse to the Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit that was rolled out by £400,000 of Scottish Government funding. Student unions have also adopted zero-tolerance policies in relation to sexual harassment and universities have developed procedural frameworks around reporting and addressing violence.
Join us to network with colleagues from across Scottish HE and hear from successful institutions with strong campaigns, policies, and training that are improving 'prevention and response' to sexual misconduct at university.
Why come to this event?
- Hear from leading policymakers and expert speakers
- Learn what the Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit means for your institution
- Leave with increased knowledge of the scale of the issue and what next steps can be taken to tackle sexual misconduct on campus
- Enjoy peer-to-peer learning and give your views in our interactive roundtable session
Who should attend?
This event will be of interest to everyone involved in further and higher education, student support organisations, and those involved in the justice sector.
9.30 Registration and morning refreshments
09:55 Welcome and introduction from the Chair
10:00 Session 1: An insight into harassment issues at Scottish Universities
- Understanding the profile of survivors and perpetrators in the context of a university
- When and where can we identify harassment and abuse cases
- Common failings in the way universities handle misconduct complaints
- The importance of anonymous reporting
11:00 Questions and Discussion
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Session 2: Shifting culture on campus
- Report and support: progress and success stories
- Reaching men and boys not typically engaged in conversations about gender
- Working with groups and individuals of all genders & backgrounds
- Avoiding over-use of confidentiality
12:00 Questions and Discussion
12:10 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
13:00 Lunch and networking
13:50 Session 3: Innovative approaches to combatting harassment
- Delivering evidence-based, pragmatic, relatable interventions
- Overcoming funding challenges and gaining leadership buy-in
- Striking the balance between rights of the accused and the complainant
- Forms of ‘justice’ and including the complainant in the investigation journey
15:20 Questions and discussion
15.25 Closing remarks from the Chair
15.30 Close of Event
*The agenda is subject to change
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