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Statement from VC Stuart Croft on sexual misconduct and the University

Read a message for staff and students from Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor.
This message is also being shared via email.

"We are aware of concerns being made on social media about sexual misconduct and the University. These include claims about the Facebook group chat case that happened two years ago.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance. Everyone at Warwick has the right to feel safe. Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable, and our community is an environment where prejudice and socially unacceptable behaviour are never tolerated.

We urge anyone who feels that they have been a victim of sexual misconduct to seek support. Individuals can do this through the dedicated Report and Support tool available on our website. It can be used anonymously if they prefer. Within 48 hours, a trained Student Liaison Officer will get in touch to provide support, talk through the options available and be a dedicated point of contact. We also have an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser to offer emotional support to anyone who is in crisis and their supporters.

Some comments on social media suggest that the Facebook group chat case is happening now. We want to reassure you that this is not so. Following the Facebook group chat case, which took place in 2018, the University held an independent external review in 2019 of its student disciplinary and appeals process, and a review of values and behaviours within our community. Since then the University has embedded the recommendations of both reviews and is continually trying to improve.

Further information about the University's response to the Facebook group chat case is available on our website.

We want to tackle sexual misconduct issues as a community, working closely with the Students’ Union and across the staff and student body. We welcome the efforts of those who raise these issues with us. Together we can tackle sexual misconduct comprehensively by raising awareness, providing support and being clear about our values so that we change behaviour and attitudes."

Stuart Croft

Vice-Chancellor and President

8 December 2020