Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2020

Melanie Crofts (Organiser), Hill, K. (Organiser)

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SLSA2020: Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2020
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, UK, April 1-3, 2020
Dr Melanie Crofts (De Montfort University) and Dr Kimberley Hill (University of Northampton)
Management Perceptions of Sexual Violence on Campus: Implications for the Implementation of Institutional Policy and Legal Requirements.
This paper uses a Critical Race Theory lens with which to consider the approach taken by university management in a case study institution to the problem of sexual violence. Sexual violence and harassment on university campuses are not a new concern, but a widespread issue. (Freeman and Klein 2012; Lewis, Marine and Kenney 2016; National Union of Students (NUS) 2015; Phipps and Smith 2012; Phipps and Young 2013). Universities are significant sites for action for tackling sexual violence because they have a duty to provide safe and positive university experiences during this time.
In this paper it is contended that there is a ‘gap’ between the requirements of the law and the measures taken by the case study to address the problem. The implications of this gap will be discussed in this paper alongside some of our own findings. The findings of this research will be discussed and the implications of these views considered further in light of reports such as the recent one from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, ‘Racial harassment in higher education: our inquiry’.
Sexual Violence, Higher Education, Management, Legal Requirements, Critical Race Theory, Socio-Legal Theories
Equality and Human Rights Commission (2019) ‘Racial harassment in higher education: our inquiry’ Accessed 28 October 2019
Freeman, M. and Klein, R.C.A. 2012. “University responses to forced marriage and violence against women in the UK: Report on a pilot study.” International Family Law 285-299
Lewis, R., Marine, S., and Kenney, K. 2016. “’I get together with my friends and try to change it’. Young feminist students resist ‘laddism’, ‘rape culture’ and ‘everyday sexism.” Journal of Gender Studies 1-17
National Union of Students (NUS). 2010. Hidden marks: A study of women students’ experiences of harassment, stalking, violence and sexual assault. NUS: London.
National Union of Students (NUS). 2015. How to respond to complaints of sexual violence: The Zellick report. Accessed 26 June 2017
Phipps, A. and Smith, G. 2012, “Violence against women students in the UK: time to take action.” Gender and Education 24 (4): 357-373
Phipps, A., and Young, I. 2013. That’s What She Said: Women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in higher education. Accessed 27 October 2017

Period1 Apr 20193 Apr 2019
Event typeConference