We aim to provide a environment where all students and staff are treated with dignity and respect to provide an environment where harassment, bullying and victimisation are unacceptable.
Bullying & Harassment?
Bully and harassment may occur on a single occasion, but it is more likely to be sporadic or constant. Such behaviour can take a variety of forms including physical contact or verbal, written and electronic communication, Cyber bullying on social media. Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, which has the intent or effect of making a person feel threatened, upset, humiliated or vulnerable.
Harassment is unacceptable conduct affecting the dignity of staff in the workplace that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual. It may be related to age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or non-belief, sexual orientation, nationality or any personal characteristic of the individual. Harassment and bullying both involve behaviour which undermines, humiliates, denigrates or injures the recipient
Harassment is always linked to anti-discrimination laws: in the UK this means it is linked to one of the Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Harassment may be a single incident or a series of incidents.
Bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect and by one or more persons which undermines an individual’s right to dignity.
It is not the intention of the perpetrator that is key in deciding if bullying and harassment has occurred, but whether the behaviour is unacceptable and unwelcome by the individual(s) subjected to it.
If you feel that you are a victim of Harassment or bullying please speak out.
You can contact the police direct by calling 101 or 999
Please log an enquiry through Compass and a member of the Living Support Team will be in touch.
Options in dealing with harassment and bullying can include: reporting it to the police; making a complaint to your University and restorative justice.