Tackling Harassment and Bullying
Advice and tips on how to deal with harassment and bullying.
Confront the perpetrator
- Consult: talk with family or friends to get their opinion.
- Clarify: make it clear to the person causing offence that their behaviour is unacceptable.
- Communicate: clear up misunderstandings quickly by communicating. Words and actions are often misinterpreted.
- Confirm: tell them to stop or you will take further action.
If you don't want to confront the perpetrator
- Don’t react: whilst it is appropriate to ask people to stop, ensure you don’t get caught up in ongoing communication which may give the bully a platform to continue.
- Don’t retaliate: don’t put yourself in a situation where counter accusations of unacceptable behaviour can be made against you.
- Record: keep a note of the details and dates of any relevant incidents.
- Report: you can report an incident and get support from the University.
Dealing with cyber bullying
- Confront: make clear to the harasser/bully that their behaviour is unacceptable and you wish for it to stop.
- Block: many online resources enable you to block individuals.
- Record: keep copies of any relevant incidents whilst the harassment/bullying is ongoing as this can be used as evidence if the University or police decide to investigate.
- Report: report the abuse to the site owner so they can take action.
- Prevent: make sure your contact details are not available to people you don’t know.
Please visit the page below for further information on harassment and bullying.