Read our case studies for issues which were resolved successfully.

Case studies

Resolved cases of harassment and bullying

The University encourages, wherever possible, the informal resolution of issues of harassment and bullying. For advice on how to try to resolve an issue informally see if you experience harassment or bullying or see how Dignity and Respect Advisors can help.

There may, however, be some incidents which are so serious that it would not be appropriate to resolve things informally. In such cases, individuals may wish to make a formal complaint

The University takes any complaints of harassment and bullying very seriously. Such complaints will be managed with confidentiality and sensitivity, respecting the University’s duty of care to both the individual(s) making the complaint and the subject of the complaint.

Case study 1

A member of staff (person A) attended an event at the Great Hall outside of working hours. A formal complaint against person A was made on the grounds of alleged racial abuse towards another member of staff working at the event (person B). Following an investigation by Human Resources, the complaint was upheld and as a result, person A received a first written warning.

Case study 2

A student made a formal complaint, with the support of a Dignity and Respect Advisor, against a member of academic staff on the grounds of alleged sexual harassment. Following an investigation by Human Resources, the member of staff was invited to attend a disciplinary hearing - the possible outcome of which included dismissal. The member of staff chose instead to resign before the disciplinary hearing was due to be held. Throughout the investigation and following the member of staff’s departure, the student continued to be supported by a Dignity and Respect Advisor, Human Resources and their College Dean.

Case study 3

A student (person C) contacted the Guild Advice Unit for advice about a situation involving another student (person D) who was also their housemate within a shared University residence. Person C alleged that person D’s behaviour towards them constituted harassment and that they were considering making a formal complaint on those grounds. The Guild Advice Unit facilitated a mediation meeting with both students and successfully resolved the matter informally without the need for a formal complaint being made.