UK universities ‘gagging’ student sexual assault claims

According to BBC, UK universities are using “gagging” clauses to stop students from going public with complaints of sexual assault, bullying and poor teaching.

Students said they felt pressured to sign non-disclosure agreements and one was told she would be expelled if she broke her contract.

NDAs were also used in settling complaints of false advertising of courses, lack of disability support and accommodation issues, according to the data obtained under Freedom of Information laws by The Next Episode podcast.

BBC News sent Freedom of Information requests to almost all of the UK’s universities asking how many students had signed non-disclosure agreements in the past four years after bringing a complaint and how much, if any, money had been paid out.

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