- Policy statement
- What is harassment
- What to do if you experience harassment
- What is discrimination
- What to do if you experience discrimination
- How Dignity and Respect Advisors can help
- Meet our Dignity and Respect Advisors
- Good practice guide: email
- Good practice guide: social media
- Social media conduct guide for students
If you experience harassment
You have a number of options:
It is always better to try and resolve any issues of harassment and bullying informally if possible (although there may be some incidents which are so serious that it would not be appropriate to resolve things informally – see making a complaint).
If possible, go and talk to the person concerned, tell them that their behaviour is causing offence and ask them to stop. Often speaking with the person about their behaviour can bring the situation to an end. Sometimes people do not realise that their behaviour is upsetting and explaining this to them can be enough to make them rethink their actions. It is best to approach the person at the earliest opportunity to prevent the behaviour from escalating.
It may be helpful to have a note of incidents including times and dates so that you can give examples of the behaviour that may have caused offence.
Get advice and support
Talk to one of our dignity and respect advisors. They can advise and support you and will treat what you tell them in confidence.
Support for students
Students may wish to consider the additional support available from:
- Students’ Guild Advice Unit
- FX Plus Student Services (Cornwall Campuses)
- Disability Support from AccessAbility
- International Student Support Office
- Student Counselling Service
- Student Counselling Service (Cornwall Campuses)
- Residence Life Team
- Race Equality Resource Officer (Graduate School of Education students only)
- FXU Advice and Welfare (Penryn Campus)
- Mental Health Advice and Support
- Student Health Centre (Streatham and St Luke's campuses)
- VOICE (helpline run by students for students)
- Wellbeing Services
Support for staff
Staff may wish to consider the additional support available from:
- Human Resources Business Partner/Manager/Advisor
- Trade Union representatives
- Occupational Health
- Care First Employee Assistance Service
Support for staff and Students
- Devon Doctors on Call - 0845 6710 270
- MIND for better mental health
- PC Ian Lugg, University Police Officer (Streatham and St Luke's campuses) - 101 / 08452 777 444
- Security/Estate Patrol (Streatham and St Luke’s campuses) - 01392 723999 or ext 3999
- Security (Penryn Campus) - 07768 557779 or ext 1400
Certain incidents of harassment may render individuals liable to prosecution under criminal law – you are encouraged to contact the Police as soon as possible in cases where a criminal offence may have been committed (eg harassing phone calls, physical assault, indecent exposure or rape).
If you have gone through some or all of these informal steps and your concerns have not been satisfactorily resolved - or if the situation is simply too serious - you should put in a written complaint which should include details of what has happened. See Formal action.
If, after contacting a Dignity and Respect Advisor, you wish to seek further advice, you can contact the Personal Representative to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michelle Ryan, who has been appointed by the Vice-Chancellor as a final safeguard in the event that any of the support or procedures fail to resolve issues satisfactorily.