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September 24, 2020 Thursday 04:18:01 PM IST

Oxford launches online consent programme for students

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A new online consent programme has launched for all students at the University of Oxford. The programme will help new and returning students to build their understanding of consensual sex, respect, boundaries and positive intervention. All students have been encouraged to complete the course in advance of arriving at Oxford ahead of the new academic year.

Consent Matters forms part of the University’s wider Oxford Against Sexual Violence campaign, which launched in 2018 and sends a clear message that sexual harassment and violence of any form is unacceptable. The campaign initially focused on promoting the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service, first launched in October 2018. As part of this work, last year the University increased staff numbers in the service; appointed specialist staff to handle student complaints; and made changes to disciplinary procedures to make them more transparent.

The University has signed up for a three-year pilot of the Consent Matters programme, which has been developed by Epigeum; a leading provider of online courses that helps students understand sexual consent, communication and relationships, and bystander intervention. The interactive course is free to all University participants, and available through the Oxford Students website.

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