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Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

Harassment (as defined by Section 26 of the Equality Act 2010) includes unwanted behaviour or conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment because of, or connected to, one or more of the following protected characteristics:  

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

 Examples of bullying or harassing behaviour include:

  • spreading malicious rumours
  • unfair treatment
  • picking on or regularly undermining someone
  • denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities

Bullying and harassment can happen:

  • face-to-face
  • by letter
  • by email
  • by phone

Sexual misconduct relates to all unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual harassment (as defined by Section 26 (2) of the Equality Act 2010)
  • Unwanted conduct which creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment (as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Assault (as defined by the Sexual Offences Act 2003)
  • Rape (as defined by the Sexual Offences Act 2003)
  • Physical unwanted sexual advances (as set out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Sexual harassment and the law, 2017)2
  • Intimidation, or promising resources or benefits in return for sexual favours (as set out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Sexual harassment and the law, 2017)

Distributing private and personal explicit images or video footage of an individual without their consent (as defined by the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015)

Statement of Behavioural Expectations

All members of the College community are expected to behave reasonably and acceptably.

Unacceptable behaviour means words, actions or practices that are experienced as inappropriate, unreasonable or offensive. This can include bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, misconduct, threatening behaviour and malicious posting on social media. It can also include discrimination or abuse relating to, but not exclusive to, disability, gender, gender reassigned, race, sexual orientation, religion/beliefs and age.

All members of the College, including visitors who observe such unacceptable behaviours, are encouraged to report such conduct to harassment@oxfordbusinesscollege. Victimisation of a person who reports such incidents will not be tolerated.

Students and academic staff members are two key stakeholders, and both have a right to an educational environment conducive to and supportive of the learning process. It is the primary responsibility of academic staff members to create and maintain this environment. It is the responsibility of the students to act in a manner appropriate for the classroom, whether traditional face-to-face or online and adhere to behavioural standards and expectations. Therefore, we expect everyone to behave professionally and treat each other with honesty, fairness, dignity and mutual respect. We hope everyone to be collegiate and encourage and support each other.

Our OxPASS-Oxford Personal and Academic Support Services are at a students’ disposal to aid them as we recognise students at the heart of the system.

Reporting a Harassment Incident 

If you have been harassed, bullied, or victimised by a College community member, you should first take immediate personal action. Contact or speak to the person directly, explain what you consider unacceptable about the behaviour, and ask to stop it.

If you do not feel comfortable contacting the person directly, you can seek advice from:

  • Your personal tutor
  • Class Representative or Student Union President
  • OxPASS-Oxford Personal and Academic Support Service

If the behaviour persists, you should report the issue using the following email

Please include, as many details as possible, and rest assured that your complaint will be confidential and treated professionally.

Relevant External Resources

Citizen’s Advice – information on your legal rights on harassment

Victim Support – free and confidential 24/7 support if you’ve been a victim of a crime (even if you haven’t reported it to the police) – call them free on 0808 503 9054 or through their email supportline

Bullying UK (Family Lives) – further advice on dealing with bullying at – call them on 0808 800 2222 or email them at for advice

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation – inspiring stories from those who have experienced or stood up to bullying

Ditch The Label – international anti-bullying charity with hundreds of articles on bullying

National Bullying Helpline- call free on this number 0300 323 0169 this is the link please create for National Bullying Helpline