If you’re being called names, being pushed, hassled, threatened, beaten up, spat at, kicked, having your things taken or damaged, ignored and excluded or being made fun of or called names by anyone, that classes as bullying. This can include any name-calling or threats made online, via text message or email. It is often a criminal offence.
Harassment occurs when your dignity is violated and/or an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment is created. It can take many forms including violence, threats, abuse and damage to property and can be received online, via text message, in person or via email. This can lead to physical injury, mental stress, anxiety, depression and/or insecurities.
You can report bullying and harassment in the following ways:
If you are experiencing harassment or bullying, it may be possible for you to address the issue informally, either by speaking or writing to the person concerned, and expressing the impact their behaviour is having on you.
You can report allegations of harassment, bullying, sexual violence, sexual harassment, hate crime and discrimination to the Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Office under the Code of Student Discipline. A Casework Officer from the Appeals, Complaints and Conduct Office will meet with you privately to discuss the issues that you have raised and will explain to you how your case will be handled, how to make your report and who to address your report to.
The Student Complaints Policy makes it clear that any student who submits a complaint in good faith will not suffer any detriment as a result of any action taken under the Student Complaints Policy.
In some cases of harassment or bullying, it may be possible for you to address the issue informally, either by speaking or writing to person concerned, and expressing the impact their behaviour is having on you. If this is not appropriate, you can use the formal reporting route above.
In the first instance, you should contact your Line Manager to report any allegation of harassment, assault, hate crime, bullying and discrimination. Where the Line Manager is the alleged perpetrator, staff should contact the designated HR person for their directorate/school/department.
Further information is available on the Dignity at Work and Study Procedure and on the Dignity at Work webpage. Information on how to raise concerns is available in the Dignity at Work and Study General Guidance.
You can report to the Police, who will be able to offer you help and support. You can do this by calling 101.