Harassment and Conflict | University of Oxford

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.

The University’s harassment advisor network has advisors 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 who identify as black minority ethnic, or lesbian, gay or bisexual.  

Other sources of advice include college Deans or Welfare staff, a Director of Graduate Studies, Peer Supporters, Peers of Colour or Rainbow Peers or the Oxford SU Student Advice Service

Informal options

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. 

Sexual Harassment

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.  

Accused of Harassment?

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):caseadvice@admin.ox.ac.uk 

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