Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

Queen Mary is committed to creating an environment for work and study where staff and students are treated with dignity and respect, and where all forms of bullying and harassment and hate crime are not tolerated. We want to ensure that our community, at each of our campuses, is free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination, harassment and bullying.

We take a Zero Tolerance approach to all forms of behaviour from staff, students or visitors that might violate the dignity of others. Zero Tolerance means that we will never tolerate, condone or ignore bullying, harassment or hate crime of any kind. We recognise that these behaviours can take many forms. They may be carried out face-to-face or through electronic media (cyberbullying); they may be subtle, covert or overt abuses of power.

If you have experienced or witnessed any form of bullying, harassment, violence or hate crime, you can use our secure online tool, Report + Support, to report any incidents and find information about the most relevant support.

You can choose to report anonymously or give contact details to help the University take further action and make referrals to support services.

Access details of specialist local and national organisations and support at Queen Mary, even if you do not wish to make a report to us.

If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 999 to speak to the emergency services. You can also report non-emergency crimes on 101.

All members of Queen Mary have a collective responsibility to encourage a culture of dignity and respect; to treat others fairly, with courtesy and consideration; and to always challenge inappropriate behaviour when it is safe to do so. Tutors, supervisors and managers have a particular responsibility to lead by example, identifying inappropriate cultures and behaviours when these occur and taking prompt action to stop or prevent them.

Any allegation of harassment, hate crime, bullying or victimisation will be treated seriously, regardless of the seniority of those involved, and anyone found to have behaved unacceptably may be the subject of disciplinary action subject to the processes detailed in the relevant Queen Mary policies.