Preventing and addressing bullying and harassment

Kingston University is a diverse and vibrant learning community where everyone has a shared responsibility for supporting and maintaining our inclusive environment. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure everyone working and studying at Kingston University has a positive experience where they are treated with dignity and respect.

We are driving forward our work to prevent and address all forms of bullying and harassment. This includes having the right support in place for those who have witnessed or experienced harassment, plus clear formal and informal reporting options for staff and students.

Kingston's commitment

We are committed to building an inclusive and supportive environment with a culture of acceptance without exception.
Every member of our community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. We expect everyone to behave respectfully and with consideration for others, both on, and off, campus. Allegations of harassment and bullying are taken extremely seriously.

We all have a responsibility to challenge and reject all forms of racism and discrimination.

What is bullying and harassment?

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. (adapted from ACAS).

Harassment is unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of people in their place of work or study.

Unwanted conduct may be related to any personal characteristic of the individual, and may be persistent or an isolated incident. The key is that the actions or comments are viewed as demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient.

How to report: informal routes

Bullying and harassment can have a significant negative impact upon your life, if you experience or witness any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable, report it. (Please note links redirect to internal webpages that require a Kington log-in.)

The Harassment Contact Scheme

Harassment Contacts are trained staff members who have volunteered to help by listening to you and identifying how you can seek further assistance. The scheme provides informal and confidential support to both staff and students who experience bullying or harassment at university.

The Harassment Contact Scheme is for listening, support and signposting, it does not form part of the University's formal complaints or disciplinary procedures and steps will not be taken to address harassment or bullying.

Report It

Report It is an informal reporting tool with the option to report anonymously or share your information. If you choose to share your information, relevant University support services will be in contact with you.

If you are unsure about the correct procedure to follow or want to speak to someone about your concerns, the Union of Kingston Students offers impartial and expert advice.

How to report: formal reporting routes and University policy

Staff: If you are a staff member and wish to inform the University of suspected bullying and harassment by another staff member, please use the formal Dignity at Work procedure.

Students: Should you wish to inform the University of suspected bullying or harassment by a member of staff and expect action to be taken, please use the Student Complaints Procedure.

If the allegations concern another student, please refer to the Student Conduct and Behaviour Procedure.

If you are unsure about the correct procedure to follow or want to speak to someone about your concerns, the Union of Kingston Students offers impartial and expert advice.

(Please note links redirect to internal webpages that require a Kington log-in)

Support

Information on the University's safeguarding commitment and policy can be found here.

A wide variety of support is available to staff and students via the University and Union of Kingston Students, for more information please visit MyKingston.

There is a range of external support available, including:

Urgent support

Call 999 if there is an immediate risk to life, violence or other emergency.

You can contact campus security on 020 8417 6666 where appropriate.

Kingston University's Harassment Contact Scheme

Created by Laina Deene, Kingston University graduate 2021.