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Harassment is a form of discrimination and is unlawful under the the Human Rights Act 1993. Harassment of any kind is defined broadly as:
Harassment includes but is not confined to the following categories:
Conduct which is likely to result in less favourable treatment, or create a less favourable environment, for any person/group than for another under similar circumstances, by reason of any of the prohibited grounds set out in the Human Rights Act 1993:
Discrimination may arise from official statements, actions, omissions, decisions or policies as well as from informal or personal statements or conduct. It may also be indirect, that is it may have the effect of treating someone differently on a prohibited ground, even if the discrimination is not explicit.
Sexual Harassment may occur irrespective of the recipient’s gender. It is unwanted attention of a sexually orientated nature. It may include an implied or express promise of reward for complying with a sexually orientated request and/or an implied or expressed threat of reprisal for not complying with a sexually orientated request.
Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:
Personal harassment means any behaviour by a student, which explicitly or implicitly intimidates, humiliates, undermines or dominates another person; or involves the use of abusive and/or threatening language, verbal or physical threats; or any form of physical assault.
Bullying is a form of personal harassment, as described above, which is characterised by repeated and persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour. Overt bullying can include:
The following are examples of behaviours that are not considered to be harassment or bullying:
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Last updated on Monday 09 September 2019