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Sexism questions to ask during virtual open days

Find out how sexism is handled at the university you're interested in by using our list of discussion questions during your virtual open day.

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Question institutions on their policies for prevention of sexual violence

It's so important to question institutions on their policies for the prevention of sexual violence, and find out what their support and reporting mechanisms look like.

By asking questions you should get a feel for whether students would be empowered to report incidents, however insignificant they seem. Be specific and ask to see copies of policies and any initiatives that are running.

Dr Phipps, Director of Gender Studies at the University of Sussex and co-author of the research conducted for the NUS, says:

“Asking questions at an early stage will help you to evaluate the institution’s culture and values...if they say don’t worry, we don’t have problems here, then that would ring alarm bells for me because it would signify a lack of awareness of laddism rather than absence of a problem.”

What questions can I ask about sexism?

If you're concerned about how sexism is dealt with at the university you're hoping to go to, here's a list of questions to ask:

  • What processes are there to deal with reports of sexism on campus?
  • Who can I speak to if I’ve been the victim of sexist abuse?
  • Is there a number I can call regarding sexism on campus?
  • What have you done to deal with sexism at the university in the past?
  • Are there any events coming up involving people talking about sexism at university?
  • Are there any specific feminist societies or campaigns I can get involved in, if I wanted to?
  • Do you have any plans in action, or about to be put in place, to help reduce rates of sexism cases at this university?

By spreading awareness, speaking out, and with the cooperation of all students, staff and external organisations, we can help stamp out sexism on campus.

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