Consent on Campus: Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Higher Education

This event will provide an up-to-date brief on the role of universities in supporting, investigating, and handling allegations of sexual harassment and assault experienced by students. We will also examine the relationship of the institution with wider public bodies, and priorities and challenges around altering permissive cultures on campus.

Creating safe spaces

One in five students experience some sort of sexual harassment during their first week of term. Such a high prevalence demands that something be done, not least through the provision of effective and responsive support for victims. It is vital that support is visible, requiring a whole-institution approach to raising awareness, comprehensive staff training, and establishing a zero-tolerance culture across campus.

Universities have often found themselves in a conflicted position, needing to both do more and avoid doing too much and thereby risk undermining criminal process. Strong working relationships between all key stakeholders as well as clarity around these distinctions is essential to ensure that support and justice are never compromised for the victim.

Key points to be addressed

  • The extent of, and key drivers for, sexual harassment and assault within higher education
  • Effective training of staff to handle situations sympathetically and effectively at all levels of staff
  • The role of universities and the role of law enforcement – working together for positive outcomes
  • Link between not addressing comparatively minor inappropriate behaviour and potentially enabling more serious things to go unaddressed
  • Establishing and empowering a zero-tolerance culture on campus

Is this event for me?

This event will be of interest to anyone focused on student wellbeing and welfare, sexual and gender violence, victim support, and justice in education settings.

Agenda*

09:15  Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Introduction from the Chair

Isabelle Kerr, Manager, Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis

Session 1: Context and Overview

  • Tacking a whole-institution approach to support and prevention
  • The extent of, and key drivers for, sexual harassment and assault within higher education
  • Putting guidance into action and evaluating areas for improvement

10:00 Fiona Drouet, mother of Emily Drouet and founder of the #EmilyTest campaign to tackle gender-based violence on campus

10:20 Anni Donaldson, Knowledge Exchange Fellow & Project Lead Equally Safe in Higher Education - School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde

10:40 Equally Safe in Further and Higher Education: The Task of the Working Group

  • Outline of the membership and task of the Working Group as it takes forward the initiative

Gareth Allen, Scottish Government

10:50  Questions and Discussion

11:10   Refreshments and Networking 

11:30  Session 2: Providing Effective Support

  • Taking a victim-centred approach to support
  • Effective training of staff to handle situations sympathetically and effectively at all levels
  • The role of universities and the role of law enforcement – working together for positive outcomes
  • Raising awareness of both occurrence and support on campus

11:30 Promoting Early Intervention in Cases of Campus Sexual Assault

Isabelle Kerr, Manager, Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis

12:00 Detective Inspector Julie Marshall, Public Protection Support, Police Scotland

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking 

13:30  Session 3: Creating Safe Spaces

  • Link between not addressing comparatively minor inappropriate behaviour and potentially enabling more serious things to go unaddressed
  • Establishing and empowering a zero-tolerance culture on campus
  • Issue of response from peers – what can we do about that?
  • Tackling aggressive drinking and sexual cultures that permeate the student experience

13:30 Creating Safe Campuses

  • Addressing Gender Based Violence as a spectrum
  • Establishing and empowering a zero-tolerance culture on campus
  • Centering women and survivor voices

Shuwanna Aaron, Women's Officer, NUS Scotland

14:00 Leading to Prevent – The role of bystanders in creating safe and supportive learning environments

  • Define the term bystander
  • Discuss the reasons why many people choose to do nothing
  • Identify the benefits of adopting a bystander/leadership approach to the prevention of sexual violence
  • Discuss a range of ways that bystanders can safely intervene when faced with challenging situations

Graham Goulden, Director, Cultivating Minds

​​14:30  Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event 

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Scottish Arbitration Centre, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
27 March 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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