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Staff sexual misconduct, the ‘duty of care’, and safeguarding: what should higher education institutions be doing?

Addressing staff-student sexual misconduct is not only about protecting and supporting particular students who may disclose or report this, but also about protecting other students and staff who have contact with the same member of staff. Evidence from the UK and the US (Bull and Rye, 2018; Cantalupo and Kidder, 2017) suggests that many perpetrators […]

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A “significant sexual misconduct problem”

Dr Emma Chapman   Cambridge University has revealed they received 173 reports of sexual misconduct in the first nine months of a new “anonymous reporting” system. We’re still talking about small number data but this report raises several questions: What is “anonymous reporting”? There is a distinction between anonymous reporting system, and an anonymous data […]

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AHRC university sexual harassment survey downplays staff misconduct

Staff to student sexual harassment is not a topic that universities have historically been keen to broadcast, presumably for reasons relating to risk, reputation and responsibility. As such, it becomes the domain of impartial, third party organisations to investigate and report on this issue This is why the Australian Human Rights Commission’s survey of sexual […]