Royal Welsh School of Music & Drama, a prestigious UK drama college as soon as attended by Anthony Hopkins, has apologized to 2 former college students after they efficiently sued over its dealing with of their sexual misconduct complaints.
In a landmark judgment on Thursday, the Central London County Court docket dominated that Royal Welsh did not uphold its obligation of care to Sydney Feder and Alyse McCamish after they knowledgeable the college that they had been victims of sexual assault by the identical male pupil.
“We’re sorry that the ladies concerned on this case had been damage by elements of the way in which the School responded to their complaints,” Royal Welsh School of Music & Drama (RWCMD) mentioned in a press release following the ruling.
Handing down his judgment, Recorder John Halford mentioned drama faculties have an obligation of care to college students to hold out affordable investigations once they obtain allegations of sexual assault from their college students.
In a press release, Feder mentioned: “I hope that no pupil at RWCMD or any college has to undergo what Alyse and I endured. Sadly, I’ve no confidence that RWCMD won’t repeat their behaviour and I do know of others who’ve suffered as a result of their perspective in the direction of sexual harassment.”
McCamish added: “I’m grateful for this judgment as we now have been listened to and RWCMD have needed to reply for his or her actions in court docket.”
The ruling follows Deadline revealing widespread misconduct in UOk drama faculties and severe considerations amongst present and former college students about how their complaints are handled. The reporting varieties a part of our Drama Colleges Uncovered collection.