Bullying & Harassment
We as a College want to ensure that all staff, students and visitors feel safe and respected. As such, the College takes bullying and harassment seriously. We believe that it is important for members of the College community to understand what is meant by these terms, and their own responsibilities to challenge such negative behaviours.
What is bullying and harassment
Bullying has been characterised as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour” and related to an intention to “undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.” Similarly, harassment is outlined in the Equality Act 2010 as unwanted or unwarranted behaviour “which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the individual.”
Often, bullying and harassment can be linked to the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010, meaning that these actions become discriminatory.
What can we do to eliminate bullying and harassment
It is our duty as members of the College to ensure that our place of work and study is free of these behaviours, and especially, that we are challenging discriminatory behaviours or beliefs wherever we encounter them.
All members of the College are expected:
- to treat everyone with respect and dignity;
- not to discriminate or incite others to behave in discriminatory ways;
- not to harass, abuse or intimidate others;
- not to victimise or attempt to victimise anyone who has made a complaint(s) of bullying or harassment or provided information on bullying or harassment;
- to act as soon as they become aware of any instance of bullying or harassment.
What does Royal Holloway do to eliminate bullying and harassment
Royal Holloway has developed Bullying and Harassment training for managers who may be faced with or anxious about the emergence of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. The workshop helps to both identify and prevent bullying or harassment within a team or office environment. By the end of the programme, participants will be able to
- describe the legal position on bullying and harassment
- define bullying and harassment in the workplace
- recognise and challenge bullying behaviour
- identify the effects of bullying and harassment on the individual and the organisation
- review of college policy and procedures
- consider prevention and problem solving
Policies and Guidance
The College has a specific ‘Dignity at Work: Anti-Bullying & Harassment’ Policy which works alongside the College’s Grievance Policy and Procedure, to support and empower staff to raise a complaint if they feel that they are receiving negative treatment from a colleague at the College.
A short guide to the Policy, which provides a general overview of definitions and procedures, and includes case studies to exemplify some of the processes outlined by the Policy, can be found here.
Harassment for students
There is a separate Code of Practice on Personal Harassment for Students which outlines the reporting mechanisms currently available to students through the Support & Advisory Services (hyperlink). On these pages you can also find further information on what is harassment and what to do if sexual assault has taken place. The Students’ Union also has an anonymous mechanism for reporting all types of harassment. For further information please contact Willow Wong (SU VP Welfare and Diversity, VPWelfare@su.rhul.ac.uk).
The college also has a Harassment and Violence Working group, Chaired by Helen Groenendaal (Head of Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding), which is working on the implmentation of a harassment and violence action plan (for staff and students). For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department of Psychology has produced a Personal Tutor meeting flowchart which clarifies how staff in their department should respond to a range of issues, including harassment. You can find this here.