UNIVERSITIES are making students undergo a “sexual consent course” before enrolling as part of new measures to cut down on harassment on campus.
It comes as a task force was set up in 2016 to look at harassment and hate crime in higher education.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London requires students to take part in workshops during their enrolment week[/caption]
Universities UK, the representative organisation for educational institutions, found institutions have given priority to sexual harassment and gender-based violence but less importance has been given to tackling other forms of harassment – particularly hate incidents/crimes.
The report found 82 per cent of universities had updated their discipline procedures and 53 per cent introduced or made additions to their student code of conduct.
A “micro-aggression” is “a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalised group such as a racial or ethnic minority.
It is believed a handful of universities require students to take an online consent course before enrolling, and that if they fail to do it, their application is cancelled.
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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London requires students to take part in workshops during their enrolment week, and the University of Oxford has introduced compulsory sexual consent workshops.
In response to the report, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warned university chiefs that there must be a “zero-tolerance culture” to all types of harassment.
He added: “The impact of these offences can be devastating on victims, and while this report shows the progress which has been made, it also highlights the sad truth that there is much further to go to combat the culture of harassment, support those affected and take serious action where needed.”
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