Imperial is committed to promoting a university environment where everyone is treated with respect and courtesy.

We all have our part to play in showing respect for others. This involves discouraging harassment, bullying and victimisation by making it clear that such behaviour is unacceptable, and supporting those who suffer from it and who are considering making a formal complaint.


What are Harassment, Bullying and Victimisation?

Harassment, bullying and victimisation are serious matters which are not acceptable within the College, or outside if the College is involved or affected in any way. Incidents can happen between students, or between students and staff. Not all incidents of bad behaviour count automatically as harassment, bullying or victimisation, but where they do, they will be challenged and investigated as a matter of urgency.

  • Harassment occurs where someone does or says something which violates another person’s dignity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment for that person. It can be written, verbal, non-verbal or online – students need to be particularly aware of how harmful harassment by social media can be.
  • Bullying is the exercise of power to undermine another person. Bullying behaviour is threatening, insulting, abusive, disparaging or intimidating. Cyber bullying is becoming more prominent and is as harmful and as unacceptable as the more conventional forms of bullying.
  • If you feel you have been discriminated against in any way and you raise a complaint of any sort about this, you should feel confident in doing this and know that the College will not tolerate you being victimised as a result (victimisation).

What should you do?

If you believe that you are being subjected to harassment, bullying or victimisation, it is advisable to talk to someone before taking any action. You can talk to your Personal Tutor or someone in your department such as the Senior Tutor or Postgraduate Tutor. You can also contact ICU, where the Student Advisors at the Advice Centre and Deputy President (Welfare) will be able to help.

The College has a Senior Security Officer, Nigel Ward, who is available for advice and support in relation to harassment. He works to ensure all victims are treated with dignity, respect and understanding, whatever the seriousness of the crime. Contact the Security Office in Room 155, Sherfield or call Nigel Ward on 020 7594 8176.

You may also wish to talk to one of Imperial's student counsellors.