All members of the University community are required to treat all students, staff and external customers in a friendly, courteous and dignified manner.  

Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and victimisation are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the values of the University as set out in the Equality and Diversity Policy and the Manchester 2020 strategic vision.

All staff and students have a right to complain in confidence if they believe that they are being harassed whilst working or studying.  No member of the University community is expected to tolerate what they genuinely and reasonably believe to be bullying, harassment, sexual harassment or victimisation, whether by a member of the University community or a third party such as a supplier or visitor to the University.

The University's We Get It campaign ran for several years and was the first statement making it clear that we take a zero tolerance approach to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or victimisation, by any members of its community.   This campaign was superseded by 'Speak Up Stand Up'

Find out more about the Speak Up, Stand Up campaign. 

The University’s policy on bullying, harassment, sexual harassment discrimination and victimisation is called the Dignity at Work and Study Policy and cover students, staff and the wider community. 

Sexual Assault

The University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy includes unwanted physical conduct including more serious forms of sexual assault in its examples of harassment.  If a student or member of staff wishes to make a complaint involving serious sexual assault they are not required to follow the standard procedure for this policy.  In this instance they can contact the Director of Student Life or the Director of Human Resources directly. The Metropolitan Police have more information and definitions.

The UMSU Advice Team, St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Manchester Rape Crisis all have Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA’s) who are trained to look after the needs of a survivor of rape or sexual violence to ensure they receive the best possible care and understanding. Contact them and ask to speak to an advisor in confidence. ISVA's are there to provide information to ensure an individual can make a decision that is right for them.


The following links provide further information on the support that's available for students and staff, whether something has happened to you or someone you know. 

A Zero Tolerance Approach 

Find out more on what we mean by a zero tolerance approach.

Since February 2021 The University of Manchester has been a signatory to the Can’t Buy My Silence Universities Pledge. This means that we have voluntarily declared that we do not use Non-Disclosure Agreements for complaints about sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of misconduct.


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