UCL says Full Stop to bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct
22 February 2019
UCL has launched an online reporting tool for students and staff to report issues of unacceptable behaviour; ‘Report + Support’. The tool will accompany UCL’s first institution-wide campaign, called ‘Full Stop’, which will focus on cultural and behaviour change.
UCL maintains that unacceptable behaviour exists within our learning, working and living environments. While cases of unacceptable behaviour may not always have been dealt with effectively in the past, UCL is committed to making things better. We shall remove the barriers to reporting, providing improved support to those affected and reviewing policies and procedures, to ensure these are fair and transparent for all parties involved.
provides staff and students with the opportunity to report anonymously or contact an advisor to make an informed decision about their support options. All information about UCL support services, external specialist support and policies and procedures can be found on the website. Data collected through Report + Support will help inform and target preventative work across the institution.
The Full Stop campaign will focus on how all members of the UCL community can play an active role in shaping a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and staff. The campaign will provide helpful resources and include calls to action at an individual, departmental/faculty and institutional level. Part of this requires that we no longer excuse poor behaviour, or minimise the experiences of those affected.
Making cultural and behavioural change happen requires a multi-faceted approach, and the Preventing Sexual Misconduct Strategy Group will continue to oversee the work undertaken to ensure UCL provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and staff.
Significant progress has already been made through the strategy group including:
- Appointing a full-time permanent Preventing Sexual Misconduct manager
- Revising and delivering the Student Union Active Bystander training
- Engaging staff and PhD students in ‘Where do you draw the line?’: training on preventing harassment and bullying
- Delivering ‘Taking the Lead’ to 160 managers across UCL from Sept 2018 – January 2019
- Banning the use of non-disclosure agreements in settlement agreements with staff or students who have raised genuine complaints of sexual misconduct, bullying or harassment.
- Delivering specialist Rape Crisis training to staff in student-facing roles
- Establishing an agreement with Intersol Global to improve the quality and consistency of investigations.
The strategy group will be sharing regular progress updates with the UCL community on our progress. Launching ‘Report + Support’ and ‘Full Stop’ is not about pointing the finger, it is about holistic and sustainable change in our community.
Join us in saying, Full Stop – to bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.
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