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Vicarious Liability

UK law makes the University vicariously liable for negligent acts or omissions by staff in the course of employment, whether or not such an act or omission was specifically authorised by the employer. In other words, the University is strictly liable for the wrongdoing of its members, including staff and students unless it can be demonstrated that all reasonable steps were taken to prevent the discrimination or harassment occurring or that the university member was acting on his or her own volition.

If you would like to find out more about equalities legislation and how to apply it in practice, the University offers a range of events that focus on specific equalities issues and also provides free online training which puts the law into practice.