Dealing with Harassment and Bullying

We are committed to promoting the highest standards of behaviour to maintain a working, learning and social environment where everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

What is Harassment?

Personal Harassment is defined as any behaviour which is unacceptable to the recipient and which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for employment, study or social life. It can include:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Racial Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Victimisation

Where can I find more information about harassment?

There is comprehensive information about harassment on the main harassment webite:

What is Bullying?

Bullying can be defined as offensive behaviour which violates a person's dignity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment, or which humiliates or undermines an individual or group.

I think that I am being bullied by another student, what can I do?

We will not tolerate bullying and harassment and we are committed to providing a positive, professional and safe environment in which work and study are carried out against a background of respect for the experiences, abilities and skills of all individuals.  If you are being bullied, you may wish to tell you Personal Tutor or Head of Department.

You may wish to contact the Harassment & Bullying Network who can give you advice on what to do next.

The Nightline service is a telephone listening service run by trained student volunteers. They are anonymous and confidential, so you may wish to give them a call if you need someone to talk to:

If you are being bullied in your University Halls of Residence, you may wish to contact you Residential Mentor, who can take matters further.

You may also want to look at the Well Connected web site below for more information about how you are feeling:

How do I make a formal complaint about harassment/bullying?

If you have tried to resolve the problem, but the harassment and/or bullying persists, or if you do not feel that you can deal with the situation informally then you may decide to make a formal complaint.

Further information and Guidance

The following weblinks contain useful information and guidance, when dealing with grief and bereavement:

Contacts: Dealing with Bullying/Harassment

Harassment and Bullying Support Network 0114 222 9621 harassment@sheffield.ac.uk
Nightline listening service 0114 222 8787 nightline@sheffield.ac.uk
University Counselling Service 0114 2224134 ucs@sheffield.ac.uk

If your particular problem or solution is not included in our web pages, or if you would like to speak to someone in person but aren't sure who to approach, please come to SSiD. We will try to help you or at least point you in the right direction.