Bullying and Harassment

The University of Essex is an international, diverse and multicultural community.  It is expected that all staff and students should be treated with dignity and respect.  Harassment and bullying behaviour is considered unacceptable and the Students' Union and the University take harassment issues very seriously.

If you feel you are being harassed or experiencing behaviour that is unwelcome, inappropriate, intimidating or offensive you are encouraged to speak to somebody about this. SU Advice is a confidential and impartial service and we can offer advice and support on how to deal with harassment and who to speak to if you wish to report this behaviour. 

What is sexual harrassment

Our University considers sexual harassment to be the inappropriate introduction of sexual comments or activities into teaching, learning, working or social situations. The University  guidelines  explain ways to deal with harassment and bullying.

For more information about the University's stance on Harassment and Bullying please see the University’s Equality and Diversity policy pages

How you can Stand Up!

Before you can intervene effectively, think about your own personal safety. Once you’ve assessed this, you can intervene in the following three ways:

  • Direct: this approach can be used to address your friends and people you know. Do not use this method in situations that can risk your own safety. You can ask them, "Hey, what’s going on?" or "Is everything okay?" Make your presence known and that you're not happy with what’s occurring.
  • Delegate: in situations that are potentially dangerous or the harassment or assault is physical, contact the closest authority figure. Depending on where the incident is happening and what type of harassment or assault has occurred, you should contact campus security on Square 3, your department, Students' Union security staff, your Resident Assistant or local police.
  • Distract: confrontation can be uncomfortable and awkward for many people. However, sometimes causing a distraction between the parties involved can be a simple solution to prevent a serious problem. Pretending to you know the persons involved or distracting them is an easy way to shift the focus.
  • Watch our Stand Up! video on Vimeo
  • Stand Up! Essex won't replace the current mechanisms used to support people affected or how they report instances of sexual violence. It acts as an additional way to support our stand against sexual violence on our campuses.

Contact us

Phone: 01206 874034
E-mail: suadvice@essex.ac.uk (Colchester); suacsou@essex.ac.uk (Southend); suaclou@essex.ac.uk (Loughton)