Elizabeth Ramey, a former Oxford postgraduate student, has failed in her attempt to force a judicial review of the University’s harassment procedure.She had claimed that the University’s policy only to conduct an enquiry into allegations in extremely limited circumstances was unlawful.Ramey, who now lives in the US, had reported an assault in 2011 and waived her right to anonymity. While there was a police investigation, no one was ever prosecuted due to evidential problems.Consequently, she brought forward a claim through the University’s complaints procedure, but, she argues, the University did not investigate properly and took no action against her alleged assailant.Following a further appeal, her claim to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator of Higher Education was partially upheld and the adjudicator issued a recommendation that Oxford clarify and amend its policies.According to Ramey’s legal representatives, the revised harassment policy allegedly still does not oblige the University to investigate most allegations of serious sexual assault, leading them to the High Court in London last week seeking a judicial review.Ramey’s case was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has funded her case, and the End Violence Against Women coalition.A University spokesperson told Cherwell, “The University has noted the outcome of last week’s hearing and welcomes the decision not to proceed with a judicial review of its harassment policy.”Mr Justice Edis, who presided over the case, said, “It appears to me that it is inappropriate for the claimant to be granted permission to bring judicial review to question not the terms of the policy itself, but its application in circumstances in which it has never actually been applied.”This leaves open the possibility that someone who has used the new procedure since it was put in place might yet be successful in the High Court at gaining a judicial review.Louise Whitfield, Ramey’s solicitor, shared with Cherwell comments that she had made after the decision, stating, “My client is very disappointed with this result and the fact that more women must be the victims of serious sexual violence before it can be established that the university’s policy is unlawful, that it discriminates against women and creates a hostile environment in which they are expected to study with no redress against those who assault them.”Anna Bradshaw, OUSU Vice-President (Women) told Cherwell, “It is important that we listen carefully and seriously to women who come forward when they feel that an institution has failed them.“In the period of time since Elizabeth was a student at Oxford University, the University has updated its harassment policy and procedures. I believe that the University is starting to do better at listening to students like Elizabeth, even though this particular case has fallen. There is of course still a lot of work to be done, and OUSU is working hard to improve the policies and the support around harassment that are offered by the University.”
94, passed away peacefully at home on May 11, 2018 with her family at her side. Lorraine was born in Bayonne on February 22, 1924 to the late Clarence and Catherine Lorgan. She was raised in Bayonne where she would eventually meet her husband, Bernard Ozarowski. The young couple would raise their family there. Lorraine was a member of St. Andrew’s RC Church of Bayonne and the Rosary Society for many years. Lorraine moved to Madison twenty years ago, where she was very active and formed many good friendships before moving to Stirling two years ago to be closer to her family. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Bernard Ozarowski; her son, Bernard Ozarowski II; her daughter, Catherine Hallas; her son-in-law, Robert Hallas, Esq.; and many brothers, sisters, brother-in-laws & sister-in-laws. She is survived by her daughter Carol Cicurillo of Stirling; her daughter-in-law, Diane Ozarowski; her four grandchildren, Beth, Joshua, Bernard and Carly; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Lorraine’s memory can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Morris County, 175 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960. Funeral arrangements by MADISON MEMORIAL HOME, 159 Main St., Madison, NJ.