LUU should provide better mandatory training on how to deal with complaints of sexual misconduct

Passed: March 2020 (16th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

A study conducted in 2019 by the charity Brook reported that from a group of 5,649 students, more than half had experienced sexual harassment in some form. In spite of this a vast number of cases go unreported. As someone who has experienced sexual harassment first-hand, I realise that there are many reasons a person may choose not to disclose being harassed.

However, I believe that the training currently available to LUU Club & Society committees (who are a first port of call for thousands of our members) on how to properly deal with someone coming forward is insufficient, and presents a possibility that a situation could be mishandled, potentially putting more people at risk. While this idea encompasses a large number of potential outcomes, some of which could take multiple years to put in place, an appropriate starting point would be to train a member of staff who could then give inductions to new committee members upon being appointed.

This training would ideally cover: what sexual misconduct encompasses, how to communicate with/signpost someone who discloses one of these incidents taking place, and awareness of the reporting system. I believe that passing this motion will set a precedent for the Union to create training policies which will ensure the safety of its members. Sexual harassment in Universities is an issue which needs to be tackled, and ensuring that individuals know how to address it appropriately is a step in the right direction.

Expires: March 2023 (16th)

Submitted By: Amy Wells, on behalf of a student

Officer: Activities / Welfare

Area of Work: Societies

Updates

August 2020: Sophia, Welfare Officer, is part of a steering group with the University and other partners looking at a campus wide approach to sexual assault. The Student Engagement Manager has also been doing some work internally on LUU's policy and approach to disclosures in student groups.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

April 2020: This is part of the planning for new society and committee training/inductions. Part of ongoing work between Activities and the Advice Team as well.

March 2020: New Policy