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Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Guide

Bullying and harassment are terms used to describe behaviour which others consider unacceptable, offensive or upsetting.

The behaviour often creates an intimidating, hostile environment which has negative impact on work and social life.

What is harassment?

  • Harassment is behaviour which the recipient finds unacceptable, offensive or upsetting.
  • Anyone can suffer from harassment.  
  • You may encounter harassment from any other person including fellow students, housemates, neighbours, work colleagues, members of University staff or landlords.
  • A single incident or repeated incidents of unwelcome behaviour may constitute harassment.
  • Even behaviour which was not intended to cause offence or distress can constitute harassment if the recipient is upset by it.
  • Health, physical characteristics, personal beliefs, sexual orientation, gender and age are common harassment issues.
  • Harassment can occur between people of the same or different gender, nationality, sexual orientation, age etc.
  • Harassment can be verbal or non-verbal. ‘Cyber-bullying’ – via text, email and social networking sites is a more recent type of harassment.
  • Differences in language, culture or attitude may mean that what is perceived as offensive behaviour or language by one person may not by another.

Dealing with harassment at University...

For details on how the Students' Union can help you with any of the above problems, please read this handy guide: