In dealing with allegations, concerns, complaints, the University uses the following definition of harassment

Harassment can be any unwanted attention or behaviour that;

  • a person finds objectionable or offensive, and
  • which makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable, and
  • leads to a loss of dignity or self-respect.

It is not the intent of the harasser but the impact on the recipient that defines harassment.

Under the Equality Act 2010, harassment is defined as;

  • unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which includes
    • Age,
    • Disability,
    • Gender reassignment,
    • Race,
    • Religion and belief,
    • Sex, and
    • Sexual Orientation
  • and which has the effect of
    • violating an individual’s dignity, or
    • creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.
  • it can be defined as words, actions or other conduct which
    • ridicules, or
    • intimidates, or
    • threatens, and
    • affects individual dignity and well being.

Page last reviewed: 01/03/2019
Next review due: 31/08/2020