Our commitment to gender equality means that we won’t stand on the side-lines when it comes to harassment and implicit bias. Instead we command change so as to eliminate these wrongs, and offer support to those who experience them.
Our School has a zero tolerance approach to any form of violence, harassment, bullying or discrimination based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, disability, political beliefs and affiliations, family circumstances or other irrelevant distinctions.
If you experience serious assault or sexual violence on campus and are in danger, or you witness a serious assault or sexual violence, we encourage you to seek help immediately. You can call or visit the Security and Safety Centre on Square 2.
If you are being harassed or bullied, or if you witness a case of harassment or hate crime, you are strongly advised to report it as soon as possible to the Harassment Report and Support Service:
Our School is committed to supporting any student experiencing harassment or bullying, and if you would like any assistance either before or after making a report, or if you are unsure whether to report an incident, please contact either the School's Women’s Officer, your Personal Tutor, our Head of Department, or email the University’s Harassment Helpline. If you are experiencing hate crime, you can also book an appointment with the Hate Crime Ambassador team.
It is important that you try to make a note or keep a diary of the details of any relevant incidents which distress you. If the harassment has caused you to change the pattern of your work or social life or if it has had any effect on your health, you should include this information as well.
While we recognise that it will not always be possible, you are also advised to make it clear to the person causing offence that such behaviour on that person’s part is unacceptable to you. You may find it easier to do this by letter/email (and you should keep a copy of this). This may in some instances be sufficient to stop it and will help with the University’s investigation and resolution of the incident(s).
Controlled research studies demonstrate that people typically hold unconscious assumptions about groups of people that influence their judgments about members of those groups in negative ways. This is particularly true for traditionally discriminated-against groups like women, minorities, and disabled people. All people display these biases, including those who belong to the discriminated-against groups. Counteracting these biases requires us to become aware of the ways they might be affecting our assessments of our colleagues, teachers, and students.