Harassment is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, (which are sex, gender reassignment, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age), that:
This means that harassment is defined by its impact on the complainant and not simply by the intention of the harasser. Conduct may be harassment whether or not the person behaving in that way intends to offend. Something intended as a ‘joke’ may offend another person.
Examples of harassment include but are not limited to:
Royal Holloway Students’ Union takes all harassment claims incredibly seriously. Incidents of harassment on or off campus may be reported to the college, or you are more than welcome to report the complaint to the Students’ Union directly.
You can read the college’s proceedings and advice on their website here. Please note that if you wish to contact the Vice President Welfare and Diversity, then please do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the incident has occurred on an SU Club Night, you may report the incident immediately to the security team attending the night who will deal with the situation appropriately. If the issue is not resolved, or you would like to pursue the issue further, please contact the Students’ Union where a complaint can be forwarded to the President and the situation can be escalated as appropriate.
If you believe that a crime is being/has been committed, you may report the incident to Surrey police by phoning 101.
The Students’ Union offers free support via our Advice Centre. Appointments with one of our advisors may be booked via email or over the phone, and are guaranteed to ensure confidentiality. Alternatively, the college offers their own student counselling service, which is also bookable and confidential.
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