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POSTPONED - Dealing with student/staff sexual misconduct allegations

Who should attend

This training course is aimed at higher education institutions, further education colleges and private providers and will be of particular interest to colleagues in the following roles: Registrar and Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Pro Vice Chancellor, Principal, members of senior leadership teams, Academic Registrar, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing, Head of Counselling, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Head of Estates, Head of Security, Head of Accommodation, Data Protection Officer, HR Director, Inhouse Lawyer, Governor, Chair and Clerk


The tertiary education sector is under increasing scrutiny in respect of how it responds to and deals with allegations of sexual misconduct raised by students and by staff and the strategies and arrangements institutions have in place to prevent such conduct and to support students and staff generally.

This area raises fundamental considerations for institutions including their duty of care to students and staff, the interplay between student and staff procedures used to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct, the relationship between an institution’s internal policies and procedures and criminal law/the criminal justice system, and the protection of an institution’s reputation. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for institutions to adopt and institutions will need to have a solid grasp of the legal and procedural considerations which can arise in order to deal fairly and effectively with matters and to ensure they have robust strategies in place.

This panel-style session will provide a forum for high-level discussion of these issues and will assist institutions to identify best practice. It will be chaired and facilitated by two of our education law experts specialising in student and employment law. Issues for discussion will include consideration of:

− distinctions between disclosure and complaint

− whether traditional institutional complaints and disciplinary procedures are fit-for-purpose for dealing with such matters

− dealing with anonymous, confidential, third party or historic allegations

− identifying under which internal processes to investigate and deal with matters?

− defining “misconduct” and making clear the standards of required behaviour by students and staff, and formulating disciplinary charges

− the importance of robust and lawful investigation and decision-making

− managing expectations, acting promptly and ensuring fairness and support for all parties concerned

− confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses

− the potential implications for internal process of police involvement

− what information can be shared, with whom and when?


There will be no PowerPoint presentation in this session. Rather, our experts will facilitate and guide discussion of these key issues and encourage delegates to raise questions and share experiences in this area.


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