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Goldsmiths Policy on Sexual Violence— access the Policy.

"Members of the College Community are expected
to seek enthusiastic consent when interacting with others."

In 2016, we worked with the College to develop formal policy that recognises the institution’s duty of care towards all of its members. Everyone who is a part of the Goldsmiths community—staff, students, and visitors—is expected to adhere to Goldsmiths’ Policy on Sexual Violence. As part of the Goldsmiths community, you commit to:

  • Not perpetrating sexual violence, harassment and/or misconduct
  • Seeking consent
  • Acting appropriately in the work/study environment
  • Being an ‘active bystander’
  • Responding in a thoughtful and supportive way to disclosures

Read Goldsmiths Policy on Sexual Violence in full.


Goldsmiths Students' Union Policy— open Students' Forum in new tab

Goldsmiths Students' Union policy is shaped by motions passed in the Students' Forum. You can see a full list of all Goldsmiths Students' Union policies here. These are the key policies that are relevant to the Against Sexual Violence project:

Supporting Student Sex Workers, Supporting the Decriminalisation of Sex Work (2014/2015)read the Policy.

Union Resolves:

  1. To support the full decriminalisation of sex work.
  2. To resist and campaign against any proposals to introduce the Nordic Model in the UK.
  3. To provide new Goldsmiths students with information about where they can go to get support if they are a student sex worker.
  4. To support the work of the English Collective of Prostitutes and Sex Worker Open University.

See our Student Sex Worker Solidarity campaign.

Safe Space Policy (2012/2013)read the Policy.

Union Resolves:

  1. To adopt the Safe Space Policy outlined in the document.

Support a Woman’s Right to Choose (2012/2013)read the Policy.

Union Resolves:

  1. To support a woman’s right to choose, the right to free, accessible and safe abortion and agree that women should have the first and only right to make decisions about their own bodies.
  2. To mandate the Student Union to support the Women’s Officer to run acampaign informing women students about the importance of a woman’s right to choose, Abortion Law and where they can go for more information and/or advice.
  3. To support campaigns to make access to abortion easier and fairer for women who decide to not continue a pregnancy.
  4. To prevent groups which present a threat to women’s safety and intend to restrict women’s reproductive rights from harassing women students on campus.
  5. The definition of Harassment and Intimidation in the motion shall be made by the Women’s Officer.

“That’s what she said” - “Lad Culture” on campus (2012/2013)read the Policy.

Union Resolves

  1. To support the NUS chaired commission on a national strategy to respond to “lad culture” in higher education Goldsmiths Students’ Union Student Assembly Policy 2012/13.
  2. To commit to creating a safer, positive and empowering culture on campus.
  3. To challenge the university to create a “dignity in the learning environment” policy which is more fit for purpose.
  4. To ask all union clubs and societies to state clearly their commitment to challenging “lad culture” and to give society and sports team committee members the tools and training to challenge any behaviour which could be seen as “lad culture”.
  5. To condemn “Spotted at Goldsmiths” or other similar pages.
  6. To support the liberation officers in campaigning to challenge these ideas.

See a full list of all Goldsmiths Students' Union policies.

Other Policy and Procedure Priorities

A Review of Reporting Procedures on Report & Support

The Against Sexual Violence team are currently conducting a review of the Report & Support tool because we have questions about the transparency and confidentiality of the overall Report & Support process. Some of our questions include:

  • Who reads the reports? What is the process? What is done with the information?
  • How, where and for how long is the data stored?
  • Each year, Report & Support should be publishing an annual statistical report. Where are the reports and how can the Goldsmiths community access them?

This 2020/2021 academic year, we'll be collecting student experiences of the Report and Support tool. Join our mailing list to get notified when we open the survey.

In the meantime, here are a couple things that have come to our attention and think you should know if you are considering using Report & Support:

  • If you report anonymously and name a perpetrator, the perpetrator can be notified.
  • If you report with contact details and name a perpetrator, the perpetrator can be notified and read your statement later on in the process.

You can also browse our list of support services both at Goldsmiths and beyond.

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