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Statement on Sexual Harassment

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We take sexual harassment very seriously and take action against those found to be acting in ways incompatible with our strong values relating to equality, diversity and inclusion. We do not tolerate or condone inappropriate behaviour towards any of our staff or students, and we work hard to create an environment free of such behaviour. All concerns and complaints are fully investigated with reference to our statutory duties, issues of confidentiality, and guidance from relevant national agencies to ensure that we are compliant with best practice. Moreover, they inform the development of our wider practices and policies to create an inclusive and diverse environment.

Inclusivity is a defining theme for Goldsmiths, in our research and our teaching. We are one of the leading providers in the UK of taught programmes focusing on gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Our refreshed Equality and Diversity Strategy is attracting sector and media interest, and is underpinned by a number of active networks for staff and students. We are currently developing an Athena Swan submission, drawing on experience and expertise from across our community and in particular from members of our Centre for Feminist Research.

In recent months Goldsmiths has supported and hosted a national conference on Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, inviting the national education press to attend and help open up a public dialogue on this important issue.

Read more about about this an open letter from Deputy Warden Jane Powell to staff and students.

(June 2016)