Student Harassment

Harassment can take many forms

What is harassment?

The Code of Practice defines harassment as "behaviour that a particular individual or group of individuals finds disturbing.  Harassment can take many forms.  For an action to constitute harassment, it does not necessarily require that the action is deliberately intended to cause offence. If the particular recipient perceives the conduct as offensive, if this perception is broadly reasonable, and if the perpetrator is likely to be aware of this or has been made aware, the conduct may constitute harassment. Harassment is behaviour that degrades, patronizes, humiliates, intimidates or threatens a recipient. It may undermine a person's dignity, health and self-confidence. Harassment is normally characterised by more than one incident of unacceptable behaviour, but one instance may constitute harassment if sufficiently serious. Repeated similar behaviour towards different people may also constitute harassment."


How does the college deal with reports of harassment?

Informal process: The College has a preference that - wherever possible - harassment complaints against students are resolved at an early stage without the need for formal proceedings.  We believe harassment complaints often arise because of misunderstandings or impulsive actions.  We would prefer people had the opportunity to explore any possible misunderstandings, to apologise when appropriate and to consider acting differently in similar situations in the future in a more informal setting that that of a disciplinary procedure.

Formal process: If the informal process has not been effective, or if the matter is too serious to be amenable to an advisory process, consideration can be given to treating the matter as a disciplinary offence, under the Student Disciplinary Regulations.  In deciding this the College will consider to what extent the described harassment (i) falls within the proper jurisdiction of the College, (ii) bears on the goals the College seeks to achieve in its equality policies and (iii) is otherwise appropriate for College disciplinary intervention. 

We strongly encourage students to report serious issues of harassment - which may constitute a hate crime - to Surrey Police on 101.


Who can I discuss my concerns with?

To discuss any concerns about harassment please contact one of the following:

The student counselling service and other sections of Student Advisory & Wellbeing can also advise on external agencies that will offer confidential advice and support specifically in cases of sexual assault or rape.