What is harassment?
Harassment is defined as unwanted conduct, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.
This can include harassment based on any of the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief (including non-belief), sex, race, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnerships as defined in the Equality Act 2010. That being said, anyone can be a victim of harassment and should follow the relevant procedures if they are affected by it.
Bullying can be defined as offensive behaviour which violates a person’s dignity, can create an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment and humiliates or undermines an individual or group. Bullying is also unwanted conduct but is not necessarily related to a protected characteristic.
What you can do.
Before making a formal allegation of harassment or bullying, you may want to try to resolve the issue yourself informally. When doing so give the perpetrator the opportunity to understand what they have done, the effects of what they have done and your concerns. Make clear that the behaviour is problematic, and why you are requesting that it stops. You could do this on a one to one basis, via a letter or asking someone else to come with you to speak to the person.
Ensure that whatever method you choose, you keep an account of what has happened, what efforts you used to attempt to resolve the situation and any outcomes, in case they are needed later.
Where an informal resolution is not possible or has been unsuccessful, students can make a formal approach to resolve the situation. Students wishing to make a formal complaint should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form. If your complaint is about another student you should request a form under Part C of the regulations (Conduct and Discipline).
Complaints against staff members must be made on the prescribed pro-forma which is also available from Secretariat. Any appropriate action will be made in accordance with University regulations Part E (Student Complaints).
If you are thinking about making a complaint you can speak to the Advice Service. We are impartial and here to advise in your best interests. To book a confidential telephone appointment with a professional adviser, please email email@example.com, telephone Student Support on 01522 837080, or visit the Information Hub on the ground floor of the Atrium in the Minerva Building.
For more information on the University Anti-Bullying and Harassment policy under General Regulations please check the link below: