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
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:
A network of harassment advisers is available to help all staff and students who feel they may have been bullied, or have themselves been accused of bullying. While the advisers can't directly advise you what to do, they can inform you of your options and offer support. The decision on what to do is always yours.
All discussions with a harassment adviser are confidential, and brief records of their discussions will be recorded purely for statistical purposes. This information is anonymous and will be held in complete confidence.
University's Senior Equality and Diversity Champion: Professor Pal Ahluwalia Pro Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation
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University of Portsmouth, Equality & Diversity, Unit 3, St Andrews Court, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2PR
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 email@example.com. 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.