What is bullying and harassment?
Harassment consists of engaging in unwanted and unwarranted conduct which has the purpose or effect of
- Violating another person’s dignity or
- Creating an intimidating hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another person.
You do not need to have explicitly stated that the behaviour was unwanted, and the person engaging in this behaviour need not have had the intention of engaging in such conduct for the effects to be very real.
Bullying may be characterized as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour or the misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. The full University policy can be found here.
If you are being bullied or harassed, help is available.
Who can help?
Anyone in the Philosophy Faculty (undergraduates, graduates, administrative or academic staff) can arrange to speak privately and in confidence to one of the Faculty's four Harassment Advisors, whose details are provided below.
They will help you to work out next steps and who to talk to, whatever you are experiencing and regardless of whether it is happening in a Faculty or a College situation. If you wish to speak to someone completely outside the Faculty, that is also possible and you can contact the University Harassment Advisor Network by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What can you expect when you consult a Faculty Harassment Advisor?
- You will be listened to without judgement and in confidence
- You will be believed
- You will be advised as to where to find further support
- You will be advised as to possible next steps
There is a helpful summary of what a Harassment Advisor can and can't do here: https://edu.admin.ox.ac.uk/support#collapse1229891
We understand that it can feel daunting to take the step of contacting a Harassment Adviser, but we are here to help and you should not hesitate to contact us.
Faculty Harassment Advisors
You are welcome to contact an advisor at any time for a confidential discussion about any concerns you may have.