University racism complaints

Request 

 

To whom it may concern,

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, please provide me with the following information about complaints of racial harassment, assault and discrimination at the university.

N.B. I would like data for the following five academic years:

2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19 (to date, if figures are available) 

If you only have information for some of the above years please provide what you have and explain the gaps in your data.

Student complaints

1.A Over the past six years, how many students have made formal complaints of racial harassment/assault and/or discrimination by other students?

1.B How many of these complaints were upheld?

1.C How many students were suspended or left the university as a result of these complaints?

2.A Over the past six years, how many students have made formal complaints of racial harassment/assault and/or discrimination by staff (academic and non-academic)?

2.B If recorded, please break down how many complaints were made against academic staff and non-academic staff.

2.C How many of these complaints were upheld?

Anonymous reporting

3.A Has the university introduced anonymous reporting for student complaints about racism?

3.B If so when was the system introduced?

Staff complaints

4.A Over the past six years, how many staff have made formal complaints of racial harassment and/or discrimination by other staff?

5.B How many of these complaints were upheld?

Staff disciplinary

5. How many staff were suspended or dismissed/left the university as a result of complaints about racism by other staff and/or students?

Informal complaints

6. Does the university record informal complaints of racism by staff or students?

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Please send the requested information via email, preferably in a Word document, to...

N.B. If you require any clarification, please contact me under your Section 16 duty, or Section 15 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, to provide advice and assistance BEFORE providing your response. If you intend to invoke an exemption to the relevant FOIA please let me know BEFORE providing your response, so I can clarify this with you and, if appropriate, modify my request. 

If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in the Data Protection Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

Please acknowledge receipt of this request, and I look forward to receiving the information within 20 working days. 

Yours faithfully,
 
 

Response

 
Dear Mr .....,
 
I write further to your request for information dated 15 February 2019.  This request has been handled by the University in accordance with its duties and obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA"). 
 
You requested details of:
 

Data for the following five academic years:

2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19 (to date, if figures are available) 

If you only have information for some of the above years please provide what you have and explain the gaps in your data.

Student complaints

1.A Over the past six years, how many students have made formal complaints of racial harassment/assault and/or discrimination by other students?

1.B How many of these complaints were upheld?

1.C How many students were suspended or left the university as a result of these complaints?

2.A Over the past six years, how many students have made formal complaints of racial harassment/assault and/or discrimination by staff (academic and non-academic)?

2.B If recorded, please break down how many complaints were made against academic staff and non-academic staff.

2.C How many of these complaints were upheld? 

Anonymous reporting

3.A Has the university introduced anonymous reporting for student complaints about racism?

3.B If so when was the system introduced?

Staff complaints

4.A Over the past six years, how many staff have made formal complaints of racial harassment and/or discrimination by other staff?

5.B How many of these complaints were upheld?

Staff disciplinary

5. How many staff were suspended or dismissed/left the university as a result of complaints about racism by other staff and/or students? 

Informal complaints

6. Does the university record informal complaints of racism by staff or students?

 
The University's response is here FOIA response - ref.32/1374 .
 
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Chris Ince
University Secretary
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB
 
Email: c.ince@londonmet.ac.uk
 
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Kind regards,

Tracy Brathwaite
Information Compliance Officer
University Secretary's Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
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