Examples of this form of psychological and/or physical harassment include unmerited criticism, isolation, gossip, changes to job duties that are detrimental, responsibilities delegated but without authority, essential information withheld, or behaviour that is intimidating or demeaning.
Examples include homophobic remarks or jokes, threats to disclose sexuality and intimate questions about sexual activity.
In either case, unacceptable behaviour is a breach of the University’s Dignity at Work Policy and should be reported in accordance with the Dignity at Work Policy, Victimisation Victimisation is unfavourable treatment of a person (‘the victim’) to a detriment because they have: Unfavourable treatment of a complainant or a Dignity @Work Contact or a witness in relation to a dignity at work complaint which relates to a protected characteristic is likely to be victimisation.
However, individuals may want to let the other person know how their behaviour has made them feel in order to avoid a repeat of such behaviour.The examples given below, which include unacceptable physical and verbal conduct, are not exhaustive.Examples include unnecessary touching, jokes of a sexual nature, inappropriate use of suggestive visual display unit material, intimidating behaviour such as asking for sexual favours in return for positive academic assessment or promotion.Harassment may be established from a single event and a series or pattern of behaviour is not necessary in order to establish that an individual has suffered harassment.Individuals are also protected from harassment based on someone else’s protected characteristic, or based on the perception that they have a protected characteristic .
If the behaviour does continue over a period of time this may be considered to be bullying/harassment.