Equality and Diversity

Harassment Adviser Network

The University is firmly opposed to any form of victimisation, bullyingor harassment involving any of its staff or students

Bullying or intimidation is offensive behaviour that humiliates or undermines an individual or a group. Such behaviour can be vindictive, cruel or malicious and may be repetitive.

It includes:

• unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading,humiliating or offensive environment for a person that is related to age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation;
 
• unwanted conduct of a sexual nature (sexual harassment);
 
• treating a person less favourably than another person because they have been the subject of, or have reacted to, sexual harassment or harassment related to sex or gender reassignment.
 
A network of harassment advisers is available to help all staff and students who feel they may have been bullied, or have themselves been accused of bullying. While the advisers can't directly advise you what to do, they can inform you of your options and offer support. The decision on what to do is always yours.

If you believe you are the victim of behaviour of this kind please visit the following advice page where you can find details of how to contact our harassment advisers and other support networks.

All discussions with a harassment adviser are confidential, and brief records of their discussions will be recorded purely for statistical purposes. This information is anonymous and will be held in complete confidence.

If you think you may like to volunteer as a harassment adviser please read the role profile (.doc) for more information. To apply please complete an application form (.doc) and send it to dave.small@port.ac.uk .If you have any questions about the Harassment Adviser Network, would like more information on what the role involves, or to find out when the next training sessions are scheduled for please contact us.