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Times: Universities banned from silencing victims of abuse

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

Universities and colleges will be banned from using gagging orders to silence students who complain about sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and misconduct on campus.
The amendment to the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill was passed during a debate in the Lords last night with cross-party support.
It was proposed by a Labour peer and supported by the government after concerns that institutions had used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to stop rape victims speaking out about their treatment.

Published: 8 December 2022

Author: Nicola Woolcock

A student with curly hair raises their hand during class
A BBC investigation found almost a third of universities in England had used non-disclosure agreements DRAZEN ZIGIC/GETTY IMAGES


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