Harassment, bullying and victimisation

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Protecting the dignity of our community

Harassment includes but is not limited to the derogatory treatment of a person based on protected characteristics (whether actual or perceived), including: age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation.

Bullying is the exercise of power over another person through negative acts or behaviours that undermine that person.

Victimisation occurs when a person is treated less favourably because they have made or are planning to make an allegation of harassment, or have participated in an investigation.

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Examples of harassment and bullying

Below are some examples of harassment and bullying. It should be noted that this is by no means an exhaustive list, but a few common scenarios. 

Chanting: First week rivalry between halls of residence leads to derisory chants aimed at members of a rival hall. These become obscene personal insults intended to humiliate any student from that hall. 

Exclusive behaviour: A Students' Union club/society sees consumption of alcohol as the way to 'belong' and pressure to drink alcohol is put on a student wishing to be part of this group. This excludes any student who does not wish to consume alcohol.

Abusive communication: An individual receives a message from another individual containing offensive language and alluding to violence.

Threatening behaviour: An individual is the victim of a physical or verbal attack.

The University of Nottingham does not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying or victimisation towards any member of our community.

Reporting an issue

If you have been subject to - or have witnessed - harassment, bullying or victimisation, please let us know by making a report via our Report + Support tool below.

Report + Support allows you to report an incident or incidents anonymously. Alternatively you can request to speak to an advisor.

Speaking to an advisor does not necessarily mean that you are making a formal report to the university - it enables you to access advice and support for yourself or someone else. You will be signposted to information on internal and external support, policies, guidance and campaigns. You may then decide that you want to progress with a formal report, and we will support you in this.

All reports are handled in confidence and we will never share your details with any support services without your permission.

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Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353
e: studentcommsoffice@nottingham.ac.uk