Harassment, bullying, and threatening behaviour

You have the right to pursue your studies free from harassment, bullying, or threatening behaviour. Linacre College does not tolerate harassment, bullying or victimisation.  You can read the College Policy and Procedure on Harassment here.

Harassment and bullying occur when another student, an academic, or another member of staff engages in unwanted words or actions that violate your dignity or create an environment that is degrading, hostile, offensive or humiliating.  (Technically, harassment is distinguished from bullying in that harassment is based on one of the characteristics that is ‘protected’ under UK law:  age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.)

The University’s confidential Harassment Advisor Network can help in cases where you feel you have experienced harassment or bullying. If you are worried about someone else’s behaviour towards you, you can consult a Harassment Advisor even if you are not sure whether what has happened counts as harassment or bullying.  The Advisor will listen to you sympathetically and confidentially, and help you to come to your own decision.  

Here is a flowchart to show you what actions you can take.  

You can ask for a Harassment Advisor outside your College or Department, an advisor specialised in relationship abuse or sexual violence, or an advisor who is BME (Black or minority ethnic) or LGB (Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual).  Call 01865 270760 or email harassment.line@admin.ox.ac.uk 

Remember that you can also speak to a Linacre Peer Supporter about this kind of problem