“Lad culture” is being allowed to fester at British universities because of a lack of action by academic institutions, the National Union of Students (NUS) has warned.
A study by the organisation found that sexist and homophobic behaviour is rife at universities across the country with staff and student unions failing to take action.
Policies to tackle the issue are lacking in almost half of UK universities, with just 51 per cent having a formal policy on sexual harassment and just one in 10 having a policy that covers the display of sexual material on campus.
There is a real danger these policies are forcing victims rather than institutions to take responsibility for addressing difficult situations.
If institutions fail to provide clear or sufficient information on victim support programmes available, the situation may be even further compounded.
The NUS women’s officer, Susuana Amoah, claimed violence and discrimination were making the education system “inaccessible for many students, not just women”.