The University has adopted a zero tolerance to bullying, harassment, or sexual misconduct which means that any substantiated allegation will be investigated and where necessary, disciplinary sanctions used, so that our staff, students, and visitors can enjoy an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
The University has updated its policy on sexual misconduct and is in the process of reviewing its policy on Dignity at Work and Study which covers harassment and bullying. However, while this review is on-going it remains important that all staff and students familiarise themselves with these procedures to understand what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour.
The Sexual Violence and Misconduct policy and the Dignity at Work and Study Policy and Process both explain how to make a formal and an informal complaint and where you can go for help and advice.
Further guidance will be issued once the new policies are in place but any students or members of staff who feel they have been bullied or harassed or subject to sexual misconduct may:
Raise your concern with the Students' Union or Student Services or a member of academic staff who deals with pastoral matters.
Raise your concern with your line manager or with the HR Team. If you don't feel you can speak to your line manager then it would be best to speak to their manager or your HR Advisor. You may also seek advice from your trade union. The Employee Assistance Programme is also a confidential service available to you for support 24/7 Tel: 0800 389 0285
Alternatively, you may feel that you are able to talk or write to the perpetrator explaining how they are making you feel and asking them to stop.
You should keep your own written record of each incident of bullying/ harassment including what happened and the time and date.
If you feel that you have been unable to resolve the matter informally or feel unable to deal with the matter informally you should move to the formal stages of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct policy or the Dignity at Work and Study Policy and Process and put your complaint in writing giving details of any incidents, names, dates, times and witnesses (if any) of the alleged unacceptable behaviour. You could also detail any informal measures you have already taken to try and resolve the matter.
The matter will then be dealt with under the formal stages of the procedure.
All University of East London students and staff are expected to adhere to the standards of behaviour required of them as a member of the University community. Students and staff are responsible for their own behaviour and that in any community of adults' disputes between individuals will arise.
The University has a range of policies and procedures in place to manage breaches of codes of conduct, student contracts, staff contracts or other codes of practice.