King's College, Cambridge: Protect staff and students from sexual harassment
  • Petitioned Robin Osborne

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Senior Tutor
Robin Osborne
Vice Provost
Dr Basim Musallam
Provost
Prof Ross Harrison
Director of Development
Julie Bressor
Dr Keith Carne, First Bursar
King's College, Cambridge

King's College, Cambridge: Protect staff and students from sexual harassment

    1. Amelia Horgan
    2. Petition by

      Amelia Horgan

      Cambridge, United Kingdom

It has come to light that an alumnus of the college, recently accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a staff member, is being welcomed back into college for a dinner on the 24th November. A formal investigation into his behavior has not yet been concluded, but this sexual harassment was witnessed by many people, including students, staff members, and other alumni. King’s College needs to develop and implement a sexual harassment policy, in coordination with the staff, fellows and student body, which safeguards its members and takes complaints of sexual harassment seriously. This includes protecting students, staff and fellows from people under investigation. People who are currently under investigation for sexual harassment should not be welcomed back to enjoy a free dinner in our home. This is a petition to the senior members of the College, asking for confirmation that they will:

 

· Protect members of the College from non resident members and third parties under investigation for sexual harassment, by suspending access to these people to the College. 

· Work with the student body to develop and implement a sexual harassment policy that takes complaints of sexual harassment seriously. This must be done transparently, and safeguards must be put in place to ensure that this policy is followed in future. Any new policy, as well as existing policy must be followed.


We are concerned that the college is not taking its duty of care over us, its staff and its fellows seriously, and expect this to be resolved as quickly as possible. We, the undersigned, demand a response from the College to this petition by midday on Friday the 16th of November. We want our College to deal with this internally. However, if an adequate response is not given by the above date, other channels will have to be considered to resolve this issue.

 

 

 

 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. New Developments

      Amelia Horgan
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, thanks for all your support so far.

      We've had a response from officials who will now be working with students to develop a new and strong sexual harassment policy. Contact me (womens [at] kcsu.org.uk ) with anything you want to be considered in this new policy.

      Students have felt this response and promise to be positive and will be checking to ensure promises are kept and that the new policy is not only adequate but satisfies concerns of staff and students.

      Thanks again for your support.

    3. Reached 200 signatures

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    • Luke Main CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Sexual harrassment should not be tolerated, and policies for the protection of innocent people should be in effect.

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    • Oisin Huhn CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      No-one should have to fear being sexual harassed, those that have been deserve the correct protection and protocol. King's is my home, I do not want people treated thus in my home.

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    • Chloe Miller CAMBRIDGE, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • almost 2 years ago

      Misogyny is still very prevalent in Cambridge and in King's and I have experienced it first hand- there is far too much acceptance of unacceptable behaviour and attitudes and this is yet another example- King's College should not privilege and reward misogyny.

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    • Amy Lonton - Rawsthorne LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Academic institutes should be leading the way on gender rights and and issues of safety and wellbeing for society to follow. Please set the standard for everyone's sake - this is all of our responsibility.

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    • steph smith LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      College should be a safe place for everyone (staff and students), therefore any who is being investedgated should not be allowed back to the college.

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