The University has a network of trained Harassment Contacts who provide a confidential information service to staff and students on issues relating to equality, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct and discrimination. Harassment Contacts are also available to staff who have been accused or had a concern raised against them.
All Harassment Contacts are volunteers who work in a variety of roles across campus and carry out this task in addition to their day jobs. They have in-depth knowledge of the policy and procedures and what support is available to both staff and students.
If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced bullying, harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination, you can contact an advisor and get support through the report and support online form: just go to the report section of this site. Harassment Contacts are also available to any member of staff or student who has been accused of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination.
Harassment Contacts do:
- Offer confidential information on issues relating to equality, bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.
- Listen to you without making any judgments about what you say.
- Help you to clarify your thoughts about what is happening or has happened.
- Explain the informal and formal procedures in accordance with University policies and procedures (such as the grievance procedure).
- Help you to explore the various options available to you by signposting to internal and external sources of advice and support.
- Provide similar support to those accused of harassment (an advisor will not support both the complainant and the alleged).
- Treat all colleagues with respect and dignity.
- Explain the mediation process and make a referral.
Harassment Contacts cannot:
- Tell an individual concerned what they should do.
- Act as an individual’s advocate, or representative.
- Make decisions on whether bullying or harassment has taken place.
- Maintain confidentiality if they believe that there is a risk of harm to the individual or others.
- Approach the alleged harasser in an attempt to mediate or resolve the matter for you.