Sexual harassment is a very serious issue and is not tolerated at Goldsmiths, University of London.
It is sadly pervasive across society – and like many other organisations we have not been immune from the issue.
We have confirmed that there has been inappropriate behaviour at the university in the past. Any allegations of sexual harassment are thoroughly investigated with action taken against those found responsible.
Talking about specific cases is complex, and could lead to the identification of witnesses and those involved who have expressly requested anonymity. We would also not want to deter others from speaking up.
We want to reassure our students and staff that we do take action and think collectively about how we can do better in the future.
Updating our 10-point plan
In October 2016, we set out a 10-point plan to address this issue – with the plan set out below.
The 10-point plan was intended as a starting point for our work in this area, with the intention that the plan would develop as the project advanced.
Significant progress has been made over the last two years, and here we publish an update to the 10 point plan review November 2018.
Also see a previous update 10 point plan review October 2018.
Alongside contributions from students and staff at Goldsmiths it has been informed by insights and advice drawn from specialist agencies as well as independent reviews of our policies and procedures.
Most recently this has included consideration of recommendations from a focused independent HR investigation undertaken by Rachel Crasnow QC, an acknowledged specialist in this area. In the interests of transparency, here we publish the key recommendations from that investigation (10 point plan review November 2018) to show how they are informing our wider programme of work.
The academic year 2017/18 will see the delivery of a significant number of initiatives around this work including the launch of an online reporting tool and the roll-out of College-wide training programmes.
More information on these and other actions will be shared using our public-facing communications channels and internally via communications channels for students and staff.
(Published on 13 October 2016. Updated on 22 November 2018.)