Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements

Aug 26, 2016 by

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Harassment of students is widespread but remains invisible, partly because of confidentiality clauses, say campaigners

Universities’ use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual harassment cases involving staff and students is allowing alleged perpetrators to move to other institutions where they could offend again, according to academics, lawyers and campaigners.

They warn that the prevalence of harassment is being masked because of the use of confidentiality clauses in settlements, which prevent any of the parties discussing what has happened.

Universities that find themselves at the centre of sexual harassment allegations are accused of prioritising their own reputations in an increasingly competitive higher education marketplace over their duty of care to vulnerable students. Those who described concerns include:

 

Source: Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements | Education | The Guardian

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