Bullying and harassment

It’s not ok to bully or harass others... Call it out

The University of Bedfordshire is a diverse, outward looking and inclusive place to study, live and work. It provides a welcome and vibrant learning and teaching environment for all staff and students.

The University defines bullying as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened.  Harassment is when someone intentionally or unintentionally violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment, which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment.

Bullying and harassment are contrary to the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Code of Conduct for Employees policies, and therefore disciplinary action may be taken against a staff or student who commits such acts.

If you witness or are involved in an incident, it is important to assess the situation:

  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
  • Find a safe space.  If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are scared or fearful you can visit any of the reception desks and ask to speak to security, or call the Student Support Reception on 01234 793333.
  • If you are not in any immediate risk and want to raise a concern around a non-critical incident, contact supportandreport@beds.ac.uk

Access Support

  • You may wish to talk to a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 
  • A student Engagement Advisor - An advisor can talk through the University's procedures, how to make a complaint and what support is available, in confidence.
  • Beds SU’s Welfare and Advice Service is not attached to the University and offers an impartial service where an advisor can talk to you.  This support includes checking draft complaints and attending any meetings with the University.

Report it

  • Support and Report Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Support and Report email address.   Concerns will be viewed by senior management at the University and your concerns will be fed in to the appropriate team to respond to you
  • If you wish to make a formal complaint against a staff or student at the University, there are formal processes to do this.  They can be found on the complaints section of the University website here

Mental Health and Wellbeing

1 in 4 people is affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people has contemplated suicide or self-harm. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, Find out more on the support available for mental health and wellbeing


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