According to The Independent, institutions have been prioritising sexual harassment and gender-based violence but less status has been given to race-based incidents, according to the findings from Universities UK (UUK).
Universities minister Chris Skidmore is now calling on all vice-chancellors to prioritise “a zero tolerance culture” to all types of harassment and hate crimes.
The report also calls on university chiefs to move accountability for tackling harassment and hate crime to the senior management team, adding that all forms of harassment should be prioritised.
Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), said: ‘Universities should be safe spaces for all staff and students, free from harassment and discrimination, but this report shows there is still much work to be done to make this a reality. The minister is right to call for a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of harassment and hate crime, but he must be ready to back this up with sanctions where the sector fails to act.”
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