Bullying & Harrassment
Bullying and Harassment Equality Statement
The University is committed to promoting an ethos that safeguards the dignity and well-being of everyone and encourages practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect. It recognises that discrimination, bullying and harassment may be experienced by all in a number of ways, including day to day interaction with colleagues, peers, visitors and students.
The University seeks to eliminate all forms of bullying and harassment as it recognises that such behaviour is unacceptable, discriminatory and, in certain circumstances, also unlawful.
Individuals may be unaware of the effect of their behaviour on others and, therefore, everyone should take care to avoid giving unwanted offence. The University expects all staff, students, visitors and contractors to support the establishment of a pleasant working and learning environment that is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. If, however, bullying and harassment does occur, there are a number of actions that individuals, or anyone who is aware that bullying and harassment may be occurring, can take.
Any incidents of bullying or harassment that do occur will be taken seriously and could provide grounds for disciplinary action that may lead to dismissal or expulsion from the University. Furthermore, individuals who harass or bully may be subject to criminal and/or civil prosecution.
All line managers, as part of their managerial responsibilities, have a professional as well as legal obligation to eliminate bullying or harassment of which they are, or should be, aware. All individuals will be personally accountable for their behaviour, actions and/or lack of actions, in cases of complaint of harassment or bullying.