Can institutional safeguards prevent campus sexual harassment?

Students protesting at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) had said that women on campus were constantly subjected to harassment with the administration paying no heed to their complaints. Photo: PTI New Delhi: The last few weeks saw the campus of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) witnessing massive protests by students who felt that the administration’s response to complaints of sexual harassment were inadequate. According to several students, this was not a one-off incident and women on campus were constantly subjected to harassment with the administration paying no heed to their complaints. “Each time…

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Brandon University apologises after making alleged sexual assault victims sign ‘gag order’ contract

A university has been forced to denounce a contract it made those alleging sexual assault sign which required them to not discuss the case with third parties – or risk being expelled. Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, has issued a public statement after an outcry, saying it now recognises its “student behavioural contract” to be “inappropriate,” adding it “will no longer be using them.” The contract – which has since been labelled a “gag order” by campaigners – has been confirmed as genuine by the university, and first came to light when…

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