The University of Bristol is committed to providing a positive experience for all students and staff. We believe that bullying, harassment, assault and discrimination are never acceptable.

What is bullying?

Bullying is unwanted behaviour which is intimidating, offensive or insulting. Anyone can be bullied, but it usually involves individuals or groups with more power, bullying someone with less. The person who is being bullied can feel humiliated, threatened or upset and it can become a pattern of behaviour. 

What is harassment?

Harassment is unwanted actions or behaviour by individuals or groups which violates a person’s dignity and creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Sexual harassment is when these actions or behaviour are sexual in nature.

Harassment against a person due to a protected characteristic, is considered a hate crime. This means that the behaviour or actions are motivated by hostility towards age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership or pregnancy and maternity.

Immediate help

  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
  • Find a safe space.  If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. If you are at the University you can call University Security on 0117 3311223 or go to your nearest University building and ask someone to phone Security for you.

Support for students

  • Report and Support. You can use the Report and Support system to ask to speak to a member of the University’s Student Wellbeing Service for advice and support.
  • Have an informal conversation with the Student Complaints Officer (student-complaints@bristol.ac.uk, 0117 394 1820) or a Bristol SU Just Ask adviser.
  • University services for academic, health and wellbeing support.
  • Consider submitting extenuating circumstances if your studies have been/are being affected.
  • National Union of Students article on recognising bullying in residences.
  • Young Minds for information on cyberbullying.
  • Ditch the Label. An online advice and support community for young people up to the age of 25 who have experienced bullying.

Support for staff members

Other sources of support

  • National Bullying Helpline for practical support to anyone who is experiencing bullying. Call 0845 22 55 787, 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • Victim Support help anyone who has been the victim of a crime. They can support you coping with the after-effects of crime and help with reporting to the police.
  • Reporting for students and staff members
  • Report and Support. Staff and students can report an incident anonymously using the University’s Report and Support system.
  • To the police. You can report a crime using the non-emergency number, 101.
  • Make a formal complaint using the University’s Acceptable Behaviour Policy (for students) or to your HR Operations team (for staff)
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