OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR
Office of the Vice-Chancel or
22 Princes Street, Auckland 1142
Telephone: (64) (09) 3737599 ext 87746
Email: [email address]
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
19 September 2017
Ms Vanessa Marriott
[FYI request #6330 email]
Dear Ms Marriot,
I refer to your request of 1 August 2017. The University’s response follows.
We wish to know about how many acts/experiences of sexual violence have been reported to the university
(including whether or not these instances have been passed onto New Zealand Police and/or resulted in
We would like the number of sexual violence reports made to the university, and for these to be broken up by
the different types of sexual violence that are being reported:
- Unwanted filming of a person in a sexually harassing/demeaning way
- Nonconsensual photo and/or video sharing of a person’s intimate and/or sexual photos/videos
- Online or in-person sexual harassment in the form of comments, persistent harassment for 'sex', stalking
and/or rape threats
- Sexual assault and/or unwanted groping
- Rape (including anal and digital rape--forms stil not recognised by New Zealand law)
- Intimate partner violence in which sexual violence has been involved
- Flatting violence in which sexual violence has been involved
We wish to have these reports broken down year by year (for the past ten years, including the year stil in
progress), by the different forms outlined above, by the source of the report (student or staff, rape survivor or
concerned friend/family member).
The University records these incidents as sexual harassment or sexual assault. Sexual assault (in its various
forms) constitutes a criminal offence, and the University does not investigate or prosecute criminal offences.
Where sexual assaults are reported to the University in circumstances requiring an urgent Police response,
the University would notify the Police immediately. Otherwise the victim would be advised of the process
for making a complaint to the Police. The University provides support for students and staff members who
are the victims of sexual assault and takes appropriate steps to mitigate the risk of further harm on a case-
The information relating to sexual harassment incidents provided below is incomplete as some of the
University’s records for sexual harassment incidents have not been digitised prior to 2014. Further, the
sexual assault incident information for 2008 and 2009 would require substantial collation or research to
Reports of sexual harassment received by the University, by year:
2008 - 0; 2009 -1; 2010 – 0; 2011- 1; 2012 – 2; 2013 – 2; 2014 – 2; 2015 – 8; 2016 – 3.
Reports of sexual assault received by the University, by year:
• 2010 - 1 incident, no complaint made to Police.
• 2011 - 1 incident, complaint made to Police.
• 2012 - 2 incidents, complaints made to Police for both incidents.
• 2013 - 0 incidents.
• 2014 - 3 incidents, complaints made to Police for 2 incidents.
• 2015 - 2 incidents, complaint made to Police for 1 incident.
• 2016 - 5 incidents, complaints made to Police for 3 incidents
The University will provide you with the information for the 1 January – 1 August 2017 period as soon as
Additionally, we wish for statistical data of the number of expulsions, trespass orders and reparations that
have occurred after such reportings of the accused.
You have right to seek an investigation and review of this response by way of a complaint to the