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Anti-bullying week 2018

Published: 12 November 2018
Anti-bullying week 2018

Anti-bullying week runs from today, Monday 12th November 2018, until Friday 16th November 2018. The theme for this year’s anti-bullying week is “Choose Respect”. We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and it’s important that we are mindful of our own actions, and aware of others’ actions.

What is bullying?

  • Bullying is the abuse of personal or group power, or a position of authority, causing a recipient to feel upset, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable.
  • Harassment is unwarranted and unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct.
  • Victimisation is the unfavourable treatment of an individual, a group of people or those associated with someone who is believed to have made a complaint against the victimiser.

For more information, see our Bullying and Harassment page. For information about sexual harassment, please click here.

What support is available for bullying?

The University's trained Harassment Contacts provide a confidential listening and information service to students or staff who feel bullied or harassed. They can help you explore your options to address the problem, including formal processes that might follow. Their support is also available to those who have been accused of harassment and may need support and assistance in understanding the processes that may be undertaken. 

The Mediation Service offers a discreet and confidential way of addressing the issues at hand, finding a way to resolve the problem, improve relationships that negatively affect your wellbeing, draw a line under events and move on.

The Students’ Union Advice Centre also offer support for bullying and harassment. You could also use their website to Report Harassment: you can do this anonymously, for yourself or for someone else, or as a witness to an incident.  

If bullying or harassment is affecting your wellbeing or you are concerned about someone else, come and talk to a trained advisor at a Student Support Drop-in. Click here to find out the various times and locations that you can access this service.

Alternatively, you could contact Student Life or Nightline for support outside of Enabling Services’ office hours. 

Click here to read a SUSSED post about anti-bullying week and the events that the #UoSrespect working group are hosting throughout the week.

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