Sexual Harrassment in Higher Education

Dr Chryssa Sdrolia of the 1752 Group ( will give a paper examining current sexual harassment policy in British universities and arguing for a fresh approach. This will be followed by a discussion chaired by Kate Chedgzoy and informed by the work of 1752 to explore how we as a subject community might best respond to the problem of staff-to-student sexual misconduct.

Although media reports on staff-to-student sexual misconduct in universities have recently revealed the alarming extent of the problem, UK institutions have yet to implement a systematic and comprehensive approach to it, treating incidents as individual instances rather than symptoms of institutional power. Current policy thus fails to address the normalisation of a culture of abuse on campus and does not prevent sexual misconduct and exploitation in higher education. This paper argues for the necessity of reassessing definitions as the first step towards formulating best practice guidelines.

Friday 7th July, 9.30