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Information for students accused of bullying or harassment

In some instances, perceptions of bullying or harassment may arise from a misunderstanding, or from a lack of awareness that your behaviour has been offensive. 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.

Students accused of bullying or harassment who proceed to a hearing have similar rights as a student accused of any other policy violation (unless noted otherwise), such as right to due process, and to be accompanied at any stage of proceedings by a registered student of the University, a member of staff of the University, or University Chaplaincy. Bullying and harassment situations can be very emotional and difficult, and all students are encouraged to seek help and support from services within and external to the University.

A student involved in a bullying and harassment complaint may wish to speak to the Students’ Union Education and Welfare Adviser, or one of the Sabbatical Officers.

The University is committed to a working and learning environment which is free from harassment including discrimination, victimisation and bullying. The University’s Conduct Regulations indicates that “Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which demonstrates respect for the University, its staff, fellow students and the wider community.”