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We condemn all behaviour which is unacceptable in an inclusive and diverse society, including all forms of harassment under the Act. 

If you know someone who has been affected by harassment, you are not alone, support is available. 

What is harassment? 

Harassment is unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct - which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment, which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment. 

The Equality Act 2010 (the 'Act') makes harassment unlawful where this is related to the protected characteristics  of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.  Sexual harassment may also be unlawful under the Act, including where a person is treated less favourable because they have submitted or refuse to submit to such behaviour in the past and where such previous harassing behaviour was of a sexual nature or related to gender reassignment or sex.  

The University considers conduct that amounts to harassment unacceptable in our community. We strive to provide an inclusive and diverse environment for our members, where each of our members feel safe in being who they are and in   expressing their opinion. In expressing their opinion, the University expects its members to do so respectfully. 

Conduct that amount to harassment may include: 
  • unwanted physical conduct or ‘horseplay’, including touching, pinching, pushing, grabbing, brushing past someone, invading their personal space and more serious forms of physical or sexual assault
  • offensive or intimidating comments or gestures, or insensitive jokes or pranks
  • mocking, mimicking or belittling a person’s disability
  • racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist jokes, or derogatory or stereotypical remarks about a particular ethnic or religious group or gender
  • outing or threatening to out someone as gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans
  • ignoring or shunning someone, for example, by deliberately excluding them from a conversation or a social activity.

A person may be harassed even if they were not the intended "target". For example, a person may be harassed by racist jokes about a different ethnic group if they create an offensive environment.

When considering if a conduct amounts to harassment, the University will take into account all the circumstances of the case including the views and perception of all parties.

What can you do?

Talk - If someone you know has been affected, you can encourage them to seek support. Alternatively you make an anonymous disclosure which will allow us to investigate if there are multiple instances in one area.

Find out more:
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides further information on unlawful harassment

Seek Support - There are a number of specialist organisations that provide specialist support, including counselling for those affected by harassment. You could encourage your colleague to reach out to such support. 

 Call Security at Buckingham 07860834802 or at Crewe 01270 353131 


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