Procedures for making a complaint

Request 

Dear Tracy Braithwaite

Thank you for the advice you gave me when I called on Friday.

I am writing to make a Freedom of Information application.  The following information is requested:

  • The procedure which the university follows when a student makes a complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • The procedure which the university follows when a member of the academic staff makes a complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • The procedure which the university follows when a member of non-academic staff, makes a complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • The guidance which the university gives to academic staff in respect of sexual relationships with students.
  • The guidance which the university gives to non-academic staff in respect of sexual relationships with students.
  • The guidance which the university gives to students in respect of sexual relationships with employees of the university.

 

By  academic staff,  I refer to employees whose normal duties involve teaching or research.  By non-academic staff, I refer to employees whose normal duties are not primarily teaching or research.

The information is sought as part of research into sexual abuse in universities.  

Thank you for your help.

Response

Dear Mr...,
 
I write further to your request for information dated 5 January 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:
  • The procedure which the university follows when a student makes a complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • The procedure which the university follows when a member of the academic staff makes a complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • The procedure which the university follows when a member of non-academic staff, makes a complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • The guidance which the university gives to academic staff in respect of sexual relationships with students.
  • The guidance which the university gives to non-academic staff in respect of sexual relationships with students.
  • The guidance which the university gives to students in respect of sexual relationships with employees of the university.
The University's response to your request is set out below, following the format of the bullet points in the request:
 
 
If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request, you may request an internal review.  Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter by writing to:

Chris Ince
University Secretary
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB
 
Email: c.ince@londonmet.ac.uk
 
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
 
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Telephone:  0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745
Website:  www.ico.org.uk
 
There is no charge for making an appeal.
 
Kind regards,

Tracy Brathwaite
Information Compliance Officer
University Secretary's Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Switchboard: 020 7423 0000