Zero tolerance to racial discrimination and harassment
Our commitment to upholding a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for everyone in our community permeates everything we do, and we are collectively responsible for making sure it happens. When it does not, and where behaviour contradicts these values, we take a zero-tolerance approach.
#NeverOK pulls together all of the work we are already doing, and planning, to further this crucial agenda. Any form of harassment, abuse, sexual misconduct or discrimination is #NeverOK.
Colleagues, students and visitors have a right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. The role we each play in making this happen cannot be overstated as #NeverOK is, and has to be a whole-university approach – it comes down to each of us living these values and getting involved where we can or need to.
The University is committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations set out in the recent Office for Students publication: Statement of Expectations for Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, but more importantly, making a positive university-wide impact. A cohesive and strategic approachled from the top is an essential element of achieving our objectives in this area.
We have therefore, established an Oversight Group, which brings together key stakeholders from across the University to monitor and review the existing approaches and data. The group will also consider and lead on new initiatives and responding quickly to emerging issues. The scope of this group considers all forms of harassment and scenarios involving our community.
Reporting racial discrimination and harassment
The university takes allegations of racial discrimination and harassment extremely seriously and the measures in place to report and investigate such incidents have been reviewed and clarified.
The bullying, harassment and victimisation policy and procedures for staff have been revised to give staff and students the confidence to report incidents, especially when they may have done so previously and not had the outcome they'd hoped for.
Students can now disclose an incident by completing an online disclosure form – both in person and anonymously. Trained staff review the disclosures and where students have shared their detail, will practical support, signpost individuals to specialist services, explain the student’s options for making a formal report or complaint, and support them with managing their safety.
There is a staff-specific harassment working group with a particular focus on racial harassment which is working towards replicating a similar reporting tool to the student facing online disclosure tool for staff. The group is chaired by the Director of People and will re-launch in January. For now, staff are able to report racial discrimination and harassment through their line managers or through the central Human Resources team.
Members of the public wishing to report an incident involving a university student or member of staff should contact the university at email@example.com.