We are campaigning against the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases of sexual misconduct in UK universities. NDAs are currently routinely used to silence victims of staff sexual misconduct, protecting the reputation of the institution and perpetrator at the expense of the ability of the complainant to speak out and protect themselves against retaliation.
There is now guidance from both parliament and the Equality and Human Rights Commission that NDAs are being used in an unethical manner and require regulation.
Recently, University College London has been the first to change their policies in line with this advice, stating:
“We want to create a culture of more transparency and openness around the issue of sexual misconduct and harassment at UCL. In this context, we felt that confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements with complainants are no longer appropriate and have ceased using them.”
We urge [University name] to follow suit and ask that you sign your name to this campaign on the form below.
A letter to this effect will be delivered to the Vice-Chancellor on the [Date]. The draft letter can be read here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Db0ocsHviP7Ec_qZV_5VB33Yt9r5ETbAv5hujgC2Nao/edit?usp=sharing), under which the signatures gathered via. this form will be updated periodically.
We are currently only accepting signatures from members of [University name] but to start or join a campaign within your own institution please see advice here: [1752 Campaign page link]