Bullying and harassment
No forms of bullying or harassment are tolerated at Imperial. If you experience bullying or harassment, there are different options for you to consider and you can get advice and support before you decide what you want to do.
What are bullying and harassment?
Bullying is the exercise of power to undermine another person. Bullying is not legally defined but is generally considered to be repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically.
Harassment is defined in UK law in relation to protected characteristics (for example, race, religion, gender or sexuality). It includes unwanted behaviour, whether intentional or not, that is offensive, intimidating, humiliating or harmful; it includes emotional, physical or sexual harm.
What can I do if I am being bullied or harassed?
Talk to someone you trust, such as your Personal Tutor, Hall Warden, or a member of the Imperial College Union Advice Team. They will be able to talk you through your options and help you decide what to do next.
Keep a record of any incidences of bullying or harassment, including dates, times and any evidence (like texts, screen shots, emails or messages). You might need to use this if you want to report your concerns.
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If you feel comfortable doing so, you might want to explain to the person responsible that their behaviour is unacceptable. This may be enough to cause them to rethink their actions.
If you don’t feel OK doing this you can speak to a member of staff, such as your Personal Tutor, Supervisor, Hall Warden or Faculty Senior Tutor. They will be able to take appropriate steps to address the unwanted behaviour, with the aim of reaching an informal resolution.
If an issue is very serious or you have already tried to resolve an issue informally without success, you might decide to make a formal report.
See below for information on how to make a formal report.
Reporting bullying or harassment
Reporting something that involves a student at Imperial
If you report an incident that involves another student, this will be considered as a potential breach of the Student Disciplinary Code and investigated under the Student Disciplinary Procedure, Ordinance E2.
You will need to make a statement about what has happened, who the alleged perpetrator is and email these details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A member of the student casework team will respond to your report and explain the next steps.
Reporting something that involves a member of staff
If you report an incident that involves a member of staff, this should be initially submitted under the Student Complaints Procedure.
On receipt of a complaint of this nature, the student casework team will submit the case to the College HR department to be investigated under the Staff Disciplinary Policy and Procedure [pdf]. At the end of the process, if you consider that the College has not managed the process appropriately, you may request this to be addressed under the Complaints Procedure. The student casework team will be able to provide guidance on this process.