Quick Guide for students - what to do if you think you have experienced harassment

If you feel you have been offended, hurt, degraded, intimidated or had your dignity violated….you may have been harassed. If you feel you have been persistently hurt or humiliated….you may have been bullied. You should act promptly.

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 is an online form for students to report the misconduct, including harassment, of other students.

If you think you have experienced sexual violence we advise that you talk to somone without delay.

See information about reporting hate crime and how reports are deal with by the University.

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

Take action yourself if appropriate

Raise it with a member of staff

Talk to someone for support/guidance

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 under Talk to someone


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.

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.

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.



Updated by the Equality and Diversity Office

May 2018

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