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Student Complaints

The University has invested in a number of initiatives to prevent harassment and sexual misconduct and to support students who have experienced harassment and sexual misconduct.  Following a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE), the collegiate University has been able to pilot an even wider range of initiatives.  All of these initiatives are being evaluated by Cambridge Hub during the next academic year for impact and effectiveness.  The outcomes of this evaluation will influence long-term strategy on appropriate prevention and support mechanisms. 

Students' Union led consent workshops

Student representatives from each College receive training and material from the Students' Union that enables them to run a face to face consent workshop for first year students.  These workshops take place during freshers week and provide information to students about the nature of consent.

Good Lad workshops

The University Sports Centre and Cambridge Hub are working with the Good Lad Initiative (GLI) to establish a facilitator hub in Cambridge.  GLI Cambridge will train facilitators to run workshops for sports teams, college socities and social groups.  These workshops create a dialogue about issues relating to gender and present a new framework within which to think about actions and consequences.

Intervention Initiative

A number of Colleges are piloting the Intervention Initiative, an eight hour staff facilitate bystander training programme, first developed at the University of the West of England.

Staff training on student disclosures of sexual assault

The University, in partnership with Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, is running a series of two hour workshops for all College and University staff regarding how to appropriately respond to a disclosure of sexual assault or rape.  The briefing includes information about the prevalence and attitudes around seual assault and rape, as well as the College and University systems in place to support and investigate any sexual misconduct.  University and College staff can sign up to attend a briefing here: https://training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/2293191.

Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor

A new role within the University Counselling Service has been introduced to provide specialist support to those students who have experienced sexual assault: the Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor (SAHA).  The SAHA is a specialist support worker who provides emotional and practical support to anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted, or harassed, recently or in the past. They can support you whether this happened at University or not, and can help you to access other available support services. The SAHA can support you to explore your options for reporting what has happened and can support you through this process if you do choose to go ahead.  You do not have to report your experience to access support from the SAHA

Evaluation

The evaluation of all of these projects is being undertaken by Cambridge Hub, a student-led group that supports students to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other.