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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Bullying & Harassment

The department is committed to producing an environment in which bullying and harassment are not tolerated, and in which people feel comfortable and supported in reporting bullying or harassing behaviour.

Bullying is behaviour, usually repeated over time, where there is a deliberate intention to hurt or humiliate. It can happen in many forms including the use of written communications, phone conversations and supervision methods.

Harassment relates to unwanted conduct, which affects or violates a person’s dignity. Or when a person, or groups’ behaviour creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

Under the Equality Act 2010, harassment is unlawful if it is connected to one of the following: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

It is important to note that you can make a complaint about harassment even if you are not the target of the behaviour.

If you or someone you know is subject to bullying or harassment, it is important that you seek advice and support. The University has a Harassment Contacts Network. These are people training in listening, who you can speak to confidentially before deciding what action you would like to take.

For further details of University policies and procedures, see the following: