OfS tackling sexual abuse statement of expectations for colleges - AoC responds

19 Apr 2021

Repsonding to OfS' statement of expectations, outlining the steps that universities and colleges should be taking to tackle harassment and sexual misconduct, Deputy Chief Executive, Julian Gravatt said:

“Colleges will take the request from the Office for Students seriously and we’ll cover this in our 27 April webinar. The statement of expectations on sexual misconduct and harassment policies is a clear benchmark for institutions. The review being carried out by Ofsted also covers colleges and AoC is pleased to be on the Reference Group because confusion may arise between the two sets of recommendations and regulation -  we will be seeking clarification on how this will work for colleges in practice. OfS regulates higher education courses whereas DfE’s Keeping Safe in Education policy covers under 19 year olds and vulnerable adults. Colleges join things up but it isn’t always obvious which rules apply.“ 

AoC is hosting the Addressing sexual harassment in colleges and creating a culture of equality, respect and consent webinar on 27 April. You can register here.