Zero tolerance of harassment and bullying

The University celebrates diversity, challenges inequality and is committed to establishing an environment that is free from any form of harassment or bullying.

We have a zero tolerance approach to harassment and bullying and all employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors are expected to be treated, and to treat each other, with dignity and respect regardless of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment* (defined as ‘where a person has proposed, started or completed the process to change his or her sex’. Individuals do not have to be under medical supervision to be protected by the law)
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief (religion is defined as ‘any religion, including a lack of religion’, belief is defined as ‘a religious or philosophical belief, including a lack of belief’)
  • sex
  • sexual orientation (defined as person’s sexual orientation towards persons of the same sex, persons of the opposite sex or persons of either sex. This means the Act protects bi, gay, heterosexual and lesbian people)

* The University’s policies go beyond the requirements of legislation and protect a broader group of people than those covered by the term ‘gender reassignment’. Our policies cover all trans people, including those with non-binary gender identities.

To support our value 'commitment to inclusivity', we extend protection from discrimination beyond our legal obligations to cover other forms of difference such as socio-economic background, political beliefs and affiliations, family circumstances, appearance, personal interests.

Harassment and bullying adversely affect working, learning and social conditions for employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors and are unacceptable.

Report harassment or bullying

Reports of harassment or bullying can be reported via the report and support system. This may be done anonymously if preferred.

Contact an adviser

You can contact the Harassment Report and Support Service through our Report and Support System. You will be asked to provide a few details about yourself, the nature of the harassment or bullying you are being subjected to and the name(s) of the perpetrator(s).

The Harassment Report and Support Service operates from 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday during both term time and vacation.

We will contact you within three days of the submission of your report to arrange a meeting to discuss ways to ensure the harassment or bullying stops and that you have access to appropriate support. 


contact an adviser

Drop in sessions

We also offer drop in sessions during term time, every Tuesday 1-2pm in the Occupational Health reception, room 4N.6.4.

Report anonymously

If you feel unable to identify yourself, you can choose to report harassment or bullying anonymously via the Report and Support system, but if you choose to do this, we are unable to take any direct action to stop the harassment or bullying or ensure you have access to appropriate support.

We do, however, use information from anonymous reports to inform our proactive and preventative work on tackling harassment and bullying.


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