Definitions help us to understand what we mean by certain terms, The terms below include legal definitions as well as those outlined in the university's Dignity and Mutual Respect policy which help to guide complaint processes. You don't have to fit into a specific definition to tell us that something has happened.

Bullying is the unwanted, aggressive behaviour or intentional hurting that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated.   It can happen face to face or online and includes verbal abuse, threats, insults, deliberately demeaning you (especially in front of others), spreading rumours, unfair work demands that are different to others and continuous insensitive jokes or comments.

Harassment is a pattern of unwanted behaviours that are, physical, verbal or non-verbal which may intentionally or unintentionally violate a person’s dignity or create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment.  It can also include unwanted and excessive messages, gifts, threats of what may happen or promises of what could happen if you behaviour in a certain way.

There are two ways you can tell us what happened