Bullying & Harrassment
Anti-bullying and Harrassment
Students who believe they are being harassed or bullied have a number of options to consider, and every situation is different, with actions dependent on individual circumstances.
A student is encouraged to seek advice or discuss the matter with a member of staff from their School, Student Wellbeing Service, the Harassment Advisory Service (if a member of staff or student feels they are being subjected to harrassment on grounds of their religion, sex, political opinion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or age), Students’ Union Advice Centre or Sabbatical Officer.
The University has a Student Anti-Bullying and Harassment policy, which can be found by clicking here.
If you believe you have been abused, assaulted, discriminated against or harassed:
- Contact one of the student support services
- Don't blame yourself
- Don't delay reporting a problem
- Consider keeping a written, dated record of events
In some instances, perceptions of bullying or harassment may arise from a misunderstanding, or from a lack of awareness that a person’s behaviour has been offensive or distressing. The person raising the complaint is encouraged to approach a person who they are alleging has bullied or harassed them to give examples of such behaviour, to discuss the situation and agree a way forward. It is hoped that the majority of bullying and harassment situations can be resolved in this informal manner.
In some cases it may be appropriate to have this discussion facilitated by a member of staff.