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Harassment and conflict

The University is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all students are respected. Harassment or victimisation is regarded as unacceptable behaviour and is not tolerated in any form. All members of the University are expected to treat each other fairly and with respect, courtesy and consideration.

Help and advice

If you feel that you have recently experienced harassment, there are a number of people who are available to help and advise you by clarifying the options open to you, assisting you in resolving the matter informally where possible, and supporting you throughout the resolution of your concerns. Information will be held in confidence, except in cases where there is an unacceptable risk to a member of staff, student or to the University.

Advice from your department

Within your department and faculty, the University’s confidential harassment advisor network has two advisors (one of each sex) appointed who are available to talk through your situation. The advisor can help you decide on the best way to deal with the behaviour and will clarify the options available to you. A number of named advisors are available to contact specifically for support on sexual violence or domestic abuse, as well as advisors who identify themselves as black minority ethnic, or lesbian, gay or bisexual.  

Advice from your college

Colleges have also appointed their own confidential advisors whose contact details should be readily available eg on college noticeboards. Alternatively you may wish to discuss the matter in confidence with your college dean, or another college officer with pastoral responsibilities, the Common Room Welfare or Equal Opportunities Officer, or a student peer supporter in your college who has been carefully selected and trained to offer support and advice.  

Advice from other services

If informal action does not succeed in resolving the situation, or would not be appropriate given the nature of the behaviour, it is very important to get advice and support to understand the options available. Students can contact a local Harassment Advisor or the Harassment Line (Tel. 01865 270760 or e-mail harassment.line@admin.ox.ac.uk), or the Oxford SU Student Advice Service.

Other sources of advice include college Deans or Welfare staff, a Director of Graduate Studies, Peer Supporters, Peers of Colour or Rainbow Peers.

The University offers a voluntary mediation service for students who find themselves in conflict with another student (the Student Resolution Service). Any student or staff member can make a confidential enquiry via e-mail to: mediation@admin.ox.ac.uk. This service is not appropriate for cases of serious harassing behaviour or criminal conduct.

If the harassment is sexual in nature, one of the specialist advisors in the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service can provide support and advice: supportservice@admin.ox.ac.uk

These sources of support and advice are also available to students who have been accused of harassment. Students can contact a local Harassment Advisor or (for reports of a sexual nature) swss@admin.ox.ac.uk

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