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Warwick community update – piazza protest

Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported at Warwick and our policy on sexual misconduct is clear – it will not be tolerated.

However, we know there is more we can do to support our community and to tackle sexual misconduct.

That’s why we are committed to working together in partnership with our student community to listen to concerns and identify and implement improvements.

We welcomed the ideas put forward by the students who have been protesting this week in the piazza and have held constructive discussions with them on the range of concerns they have raised.

There are many areas where we are in broad agreement and where improvements were already in progress or implemented. But there are others where they have rightly challenged us to do more - such as engaging more widely on the training we develop, and enhancing the physical safety of campus.

We have invited them to work with us through the Student Advisory Group to continue to tackle these issues together. Feedback from our community is vital to help us understand experiences, develop services and make improvements – and we encourage people to keep sharing their thoughts, views and concerns with us. We do this through regular student surveys, weekly student focus groups and working with the SU. We will be exploring more ways for students to share their experiences and views with us.

We take this issue extremely seriously and invest £2.6m each year to continuously improve our wellbeing provision – representing £90 per student per year.

We strongly encourage anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct or any other form of harassment, or knows someone who has, to access support through the University’s online disclosure platform Report and Support.

Share your feedback.

For transparency, you can see the student group's proposals and our response in this pdf document.

We will follow up shortly with a complete webpage setting out more detail on the full range of actions we’ve already taken and improvements we are making.