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Working with students to tackle sexual misconduct

It is important to engage with students as you develop and review your plans to combat sexual misconduct at university. Incorporating student input into your systems, policies and processes to address sexual misconduct is essential to ensure these processes are safe and will work in practice.

Engaging with all key players within higher education institutions including staff, leadership, and students is crucial in order to adopt a whole institution approach to tackling sexual misconduct. Learn more about AVA’s Whole Institution Approach.

The Office for Students Statement of Expectations calls on higher education institutions to: “appropriately engage with students to develop and evaluate systems, policies and processes to address harassment and sexual misconduct.”
The Impact Matrix Tool is an online tool developed by AVA designed to support universities to measure and keep track of their changes and progress towards tackling sexual misconduct. The prototype is free to use.

The following guide has been developed by AVA to support universities to safely and effectively consult with students and survivors of gender-based violence.