Tackling harassment and bullying

Our guides below offer some suggested actions that you might want to follow if you feel you have been harassed or bullied.

Harassment is unwanted behaviour related to a protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity or which creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Bullying is broadly defined as behaviour which is: usually persistent, unwarranted and unwelcome, offensive, intimidating, humiliating, malicious or insulting. It may be carried out by one individual against another, or could involve groups of people.

Harassment and bullying can take place in a variety of settings: on or off campus, for example on a night out, or via social media.

Reporting misconduct, including harassment

There are a number of options depending on the circumstances and what you feel comfortable with

Take action yourself if appropriate

  • You could try talking or writing to the person you feel is harassing you and ask them to STOP the unacceptable behaviour
  • If this action is not effective, you should seek advice on next steps from one of the individuals/offices listed below under Talk to someone

Raise it with a member of staff

  • You could seek a meeting with a member of staff who is closest to the area of student life where the harassment is taking place.
  • The member of staff will seek to resolve the issue informally or advise you further.

Talk to someone for support/guidance

There are a number of individuals/offices who can help provide support and explore options and who will help you to decide on what to do next.

Reporting misconduct, including harassment

There are a number of options depending on the circumstances and what you feel comfortable with

Take action yourself if appropriate

  • You could try talking or writing to the person you feel is harassing you and ask them to STOP the unacceptable behaviour
  • If this action is not effective, you should seek advice on next steps from one of the contacts listed below under Talk to someone

Raise it with a member of staff

  • Seek a meeting with their manager. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the manager may undertake to resolve the issue or advise the individual on appropriate steps.
  • The member of staff will seek to resolve the issue informally or advise you further.

Talk to someone for support/guidance

There are a number of people who can help provide support and explore options and who will help you to decide on what to do next.

This may include use of the mediation service in appropriate circumstances. You might also find it helpful to look for support from the employee assistance programme, Health Assured.

There is an expectation that every effort will be made to resolve complaints of harassment through the above informal procedures. If there has been no accepted resolution via the informal procedure you should seek guidance from the Equality and Diversity Office to ensure that all options for resolution of the complaint have been considered and appropriate action has been taken.

The Code of Practice on Harassment describes the range of options available and the sources of support which can be accessed.