This article provides information about the support services available for students at the University who are/have been subject to bullying/harassment from another student or staff member.
Dignity and respect is undermined by harassment and bullying. Both of these are regarded seriously and may be treated as grounds for disciplinary action. The University takes a zero tolerance approach towards harassment or bullying. It is also expects that dignity and respect towards others is demonstrated by all who work or study at the University
What is bullying and harassment
Under the Equality Act 2010 harassment is unwanted conduct which is related to one of the following: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, and is therefore illegal.
Harassment can be defined as unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of an individual, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Bullying is not defined in UK law. However, it shares many characteristics with harassment. It can be defined as the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. The behaviour is often repeated and habitual. Bullying can be carried out by an individual or group of people and often involves an abuse of power or Authority.
What to do if you think you are being bullied or harassed
If you think you are being bullied or harassed, do not feel that it is your fault or that this should be tolerated. It is important that you take action, and this can be done in a number of ways, both formally and informally.
Sources of advice and support
There are a number of sources of advice and support for staff and students who either feel they are being bullied or harassed, or have had a complaint about them. You should be aware that, if any of these sources of support is at any time given details of a potential criminal act, such as physical assault, they will advise you of their limited remit and refer you accordingly to others such as the police. A quick reference list with links is provided below:
SPEAK UP Form - anonymously record an incident of harassment, bullying, discrimination or violence
Volunteer as a harassment advisor
If you think you may like to volunteer as a harassment adviser please read the role profile (.doc) for more information. To apply please complete an application form (.doc) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the Harassment Adviser Network, would like more information on what the role involves, or to find out when the next training sessions are scheduled for please contact us.