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Durham University

Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Prevention and Response

Terms of reference

The Sexual Misconduct & Violence Operations Group’s aim is to carry forward the work of the Sexual Violence Task Force (SVTF) by implementing the recommendations produced by the SVTF, and embedding a permanent structure for the review and monitoring of University operations linked to issues of sexual misconduct and violence, including evaluation and review of policy, procedures, and training, and assurance reporting. Membership of the group can be viewed here.

Terms of Reference

The Group is responsible for:

  1. Review of the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy and related procedures: The Group will be responsible for ensuring the communication, dissemination, regular review and implementation of the Policy and Procedures across the University.
  2. Oversight of Training: The Group will oversee the design and delivery of consent education, active bystander education, and disclosure and support training across the University.
  3. Benchmarking Practice: The Group will review, recommend and benchmark prevention and response initiatives against sector guidance and look at how resources are secured.
  4. Provision of Assurance: The Group will provide assurance to UEC via the LSVMO that: a) policies, procedures and reporting tools are being appropriately utilised across the University; b) training is applied widely and appropriately; and c) support services continue to be effective and sufficient. This will be achieved through an annual report to UEC and Council via the LSVMO.


The Group will meet quarterly to discuss specific themes during the year in order to continue progress in accomplishing its aims.

The Group will be expected to report to UEC through the UEC Lead for Sexual Misconduct and Violence (the LSMVO). Reporting elsewhere may be required on an ad hoc basis, where issues are of strategic relevance to the remit of another committee/group.