Universities urged to hire staff to investigate sexual harassment

Report commissioned by Office for Students also calls for hate crimes to receive greater focus

Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate hate crimes and sexual harassment against their students, according to a report commissioned by the higher education regulator for England.

The institutions were also urged to encourage greater levels of reporting of such incidents, and hold sessions on consent for undergraduates and postgraduates, along with “bystander training” for students and staff to encourage prevention.

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