We want your time at University to go as smoothly as possible without any bumps in the road. Unfortunately, bullying, harassment and discrimination can occur. Should you feel that you are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against, the SU can give you confidential, and impartial support throughout the process.
What Counts as Bullying, Discrimination or Harassment?
Bullying and harassment means any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. It is not necessarily always obvious or apparent to others and may happen in the workplace without an employer's awareness.
Some examples of Bullying, Discrimination or harassment include malicious messages, rumours, unfair treatment (e.g. one person being treated better than another) or denial of opportunities.
Where can this happen?
This can happen anywhere. This includes face to face, in lectures, by letter or over the internet via emails or over the phone.
What should I do about it?
It is strongly advised that you try to resolve any issues informally, the advice team at the SU can arrange meetings between both parties to discuss any issues. However, the nature of the alleged bullying, discrimination and harassment may require a formal resolution. For example, if you are being bullied or harassed by another student or member of staff, you may have to submit a formal complaint. But don’t worry, the SU will support you throughout this process. For more information please read the Dignity at Study policy here. Additional information on the complaints procedure can be found here.
When does it become a criminal offense?
Bullying is not a criminal offense, but harassment is. If it is related to age, sex, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation then it is a criminal offense.
If you have a problem at work…
If your employer is the issue, ACAS are here to help. You can see their website for more information or contact the helpline.
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Textphone: 18001 0300 123 1100
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm