Harassment: generally defined as unwanted conduct which violates a person’s dignity or creates a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Bullying: is a type of harassment, includes spreading malicious rumours, or insulting, ridiculing or demeaning someone, singling them out, or setting them up to fail. It can also involve isolating someone, victimising them or treating them unfairly.

Unwanted conduct: can be a range of inappropriate behaviour, including physical or verbal abuse or intimidation, unwelcome comments or jokes and making stereotypical assumptions.

If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment, you should:

  • Always take a note of date, time and place, along with details of the incident
  • Take informal action in the first instance if at all possible. Tell the person that their behaviour is causing you offence and you would like it to stop
  • Get support from your manager, colleague and/or friends
  • Get advice from a Harassment Advisor. Contact details can be found here, and also on notice boards around the campus. The Advisor will listen to your concerns in complete confidence, and inform you of your options
  • If the harassment continues and all informal attempts to address the issue have not succeeded, you can consider formal action. The Harassment Advisor will give you advice and support you in this process.

Advice and support is also available from the following sources:

  • Line Managers/Heads of Department or Division
  • Human Resources Business Partners and Advisers
  • Occupational Health
  • Equality and Diversity Adviser
  • Learner Support
  • Students Association
  • Trade Unions
  • Quality Office