It can be very distressing if you have been accused of bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct. It’s important to be aware that the University will not make assumptions and will not consider a person ‘at fault’ until an allegation or report has been reviewed and where appropriate investigated. All those involved in a complaint will be treated fairly and offered advice and support.
It’s good practice to take time to reflect about the other person’s perception of your behaviour. Even if you feel that your behaviour was well-intentioned, your words or actions may have hurt or offended another person, and this may be thought of as an opportunity for learning, or perhaps for a change of approach.
- Listen carefully to the complaint and to the particular concerns expressed.
- Stop the behaviour that’s been complained about straight away; if you are deemed to have bullied or harassed somebody after their objection to your behaviour was made known to you, this will be seen as a more serious issue.
- You are likely to need advice and support to understand the complaint: find a way to discuss the matter with someone you trust, such as your manager or tutor, or someone identified by them. Student Wellbeing and Disability Support or People and Culture are also available to provide appropriate support.
What happens when something is reported?
When a report is made about a student or staff member, there are procedures that will be followed. The reporting party may wish to speak to a member of the Student Wellbeing and Disability Support team or People and Culture team to discuss their options for informal or formal resolution.
If informal resolution is pursued then the reported person will be contacted by an appropriate manager, or staff member in the situation to try and resolve the matter.
If the matter proceeds formally, the reported behaviour of a student will be investigated under the Student Disciplinary Procedure, and the reported behaviour of a member of staff will be investigated under the appropriate Ordinances.
Students who are concerned about their behaviour can speak to:
Staff who are worried about their behaviour can speak to: