The standard definition for harassment is unwanted conduct on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation etc. which has the purpose or effect of either violating the claimant's dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.
The following are some examples of specific types of harassment, but it should be noted that this policy applies to all forms of harassment.2.1
Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. Examples of bullying could be:
Vigorous speech and comment, academic debate and legitimate management of the performance of staff or students can be distinguished from bullying behaviour. However care should be taken to ensure that neither staff nor students are made to feel intimidated.2.2
Sexual harassment may be homosexual or heterosexual. It may be defined as any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment. It may include:
It is important to remember that sexual harassment can occur of women by men, men by women, and also between members of the same sex. It can also refer to unwanted conduct that is related to the sex of the other person.2.3
Racial harassment is any behaviour, deliberate or otherwise pertaining to race, colour, nationality - including citizenship, or ethnic or national origins, which is directed at an individual or group and which is found to be offensive or objectionable to recipients and which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Such behaviour may include:
This act of harassment is any behaviour deliberate or otherwise, pertaining to sexual orientation. Homophobia is a term used to describe hatred and rejection of gays, lesbians and homosexuality. It may be directed against individuals or groups of people who are, or are thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered and is behaviour which can be defined as unwanted conduct violating a person’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Examples may include:
Religious Harassment is any behaviour deliberate or otherwise, pertaining to religion, religious belief or other similar philosophical belief and it is behaviour which can be defined as unwanted conduct violating a person's dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Examples can include:
Political harassment, or harassment on the grounds of trade union membership can include:
Harassment may be based on the fact that a person has a physical or mental impairment, learning difficulty or disfigurement. This can include:
Ageism can affect anybody regardless of how old they are. Harassment on the grounds of age may include:
Harassment on the grounds of gender re-assignment is prohibited by the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 as amended. Examples include:
The University Computing Regulations state that “…the University staff and student e-mail lists are intended for University topics only. All messages sent to the list should show tolerance and respect to all potential recipients. It should be noted that offensive remarks and material could constitute harassment. Information on e-mail etiquette can be found in Appendix III.