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 harassed, bullied or victimised by a member of the University community, you should first take personal action. Contact or speak to the person directly, explaining what you consider to be unacceptable about their behaviour, and ask them to stop.

If you do not feel comfortable contacting the person directly, you can seek advice beforehand from:

  • Your personal tutor
  • Your hall warden or hall tutor
  • Students' Union Advice
  • A Students' Union Officer
  • A Student Service Centre

If the behaviour persists, you should report the issue using the button below but please do so only once you have taken personal action. Include as many details as possible and rest assured that your complaint will be confidential.

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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