Birkbeck, University of London Human Resources

Guidance on how to address concerns or allegations

Birkbeck is committed to providing the highest quality academic and work environment where all are welcomed, respected and treated in a consistent and non-discriminatory manner.  In support of this commitment, no form of harassment or bullying will be tolerated within the College community, including that relating to race, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, language, religion or similar belief, political or other opinion, affiliation, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national or social origin, birth or other status, or membership or non-membership of a trade union. 

As fellow members of the Birkbeck community, we all have a responsibility and a critical role to play in fulfilling this commitment.  Those who manage other staff and those charged with the pastoral care of students have specific additional responsibilities to deliver on this commitment and to provide support, leadership and guidance.

The College has a number of trained Dignity at Work and Study Contacts (D@W&S Contact) who are available to all employees and students to speak to in confidence.  If individuals feel that they have been harassed or bullied, or if individuals are witness to others being subjected to behaviour of this type, they are encouraged to speak to a member of this team.  Similarly, if an individual is accused of bullying or harassment they may approach a D@W&S Contact for support. 

Members of the Human Resources team, the Head of Academic Services, the College Dean and representatives of the trade unions and the Students’ Union are also available to provide support and guidance.

Throughout this guide, the term ‘complainant’ is used to refer to a person experiencing bullying or harassment and the term ‘respondent’ for a person alleged to be carrying out the bullying or harassment.

This guide provides fuller detail in support of the College’s Principles of Dignity at Work & Study and should be used in conjunction with that document. pdf format

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Date printed: 19/09/2018