Harassment and Bullying

What to do if you or someone else has experienced harassment and/or bullying.


Hate crimes

A hate crime is any crime targeted at you because of hostility or prejudice towards your race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crimes should be reported. Please visit the page below for more information.

What is bullying?

Bullying is offensive behaviour that:

  • violates a person's dignity
  • humiliates or undermines an individual or group
  • creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment

Types of bullying can include:

  • teasing
  • sarcasm
  • name calling
  • physical assault
  • threats of violence
  • unwarranted criticism

What is harassment?

Harassment can be overt or subtle behaviour that you find unacceptable and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for employment, study or social life.

See below for different types of harassment:

Sexual harassment

Unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, which violates your dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. 

Types of sexual harassment can include:

  • 'banter'/catcalling/wolf whistling
  • uninvited or unwanted sexually explicit text messages
  • uninvited or unwanted physical advances (e.g. kissing, groping, pinching)
  • using sexual images without someone's consent (e.g. posting photos on social media)

If you or a friend have experienced rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment, please visit the page below for information on how to report it. 

Racial harassment

A form of racial discrimination involving offensive behaviour by a person or group of one racial/ethnic origin against a person or group of another.

Types of racial harassment can include:

  • insults and racist jokes
  • derogatory name-calling
  • display of offensive, racist material
  • ridicule of an individual for cultural differences
  • unfair allocation of work and responsibilities because of racial or ethnic origin
  • exclusion from everyday conversation or social events because of racial or ethnic origin

This involves pestering an individual in person, in writing, electronically or over the telephone.

Types of stalking can include:

  • violence or the threat and/or fear of violence
  • being followed or spied on which causes distress

Victimisation occurs when an individual is treated less favourably than others because they have, in good faith:

  • made allegations of harassment or bullying
  • intend to make allegations of harassment or bullying
  • assisted or supported a person or the process available in bringing/addressing an allegation
Cyberbullying and online harassment

Cyberbullying or online harassment takes place using electronic technology such as mobile phones, tablets and computers via communication tools, e.g. social media, text messages and websites.

Types of cyberbullying and online harassment can include:

  • fake profiles
  • offensive or threatening comments
  • inappropriate text messages/emails
  • intimidating or aggressive behaviour
  • spreading rumours/lies/gossip online
  • embarrassing pictures/videos/websites

For tips on staying safe online, please visit the page below.

Report an incident

If you, or someone you know, has experienced any of these types of harassment or bullying please report online via Report & Support.

You can also report incidents to the police, and we can help you with this.

How we can help

After you report an incident you will be offered an appointment with a member of staff who can:

  • offer support and guidance
  • discuss what resolution you are seeking
  • assist with reporting incidents to the police
  • outline your options and explain procedures
  • facilitate a resolution between you and the bully/harasser
  • assist with escalating incidents to the Student Conduct and Appeals team where they breach student discipline regulations

You can also access support and guidance from:

See also