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The University condemns harassment as an unacceptable form of behaviour and offers many different sources of support and advice to help staff and students who have experienced or witnessed bullying or harassment

Bullying is a form of harassment. A person subjects another to harassment where they engage in unwanted and unwarranted conduct which has the purpose or effect of:        

violating another person’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another person.        

  • The University's definition of harassment and bullying can be found in the University's policy and procedure on harassment and bullying.            
  • Complaints of harassment and bullying can be dealt with formally or informally. Information on how to make complaints can be found in the University's policy and procedure on harassment and bullying. Information can also be found in the Harassment Procedure Flowchart for Staff and the Harassment Procedure Flowchart for Students.
  • The University's policy is that all complaints are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.            
  • Anti-bullying and harassment training is mandated for all staff within RDM and should be completed on-line.  Training is valid for three years.
  • All this information is available on the EDU webpages         


There are approximately 370 harassment advisors within the University. There are also confidential advisors appointed within the colleges. RDM harassment advisors are listed to the right of this page. If you would prefer to speak to someone outside of RDM you can arrange this by emailing or calling on 01865 270760.        

The University Equality and Diversity Unit        

The University Equality and Diversity Unit provides help and training to all members of the university. Information for staff and students on the University's response to harassment and bullying including support and advice.          

The University Occupational Health Service            

The University Occupational Health Service will be able to advise on dealing with stress and provide access to counselling.            

For students, the Student Counselling Service (run centrally) and the Student Advice Service (run by the Oxford University Student Union), are excellent sources of advice and support.            

Online self-study courses           

These online courses encourage people to think about bullying and harassment in the workplace and help people identify why certain behaviours are inappropriate, the damage caused by bullying and harassment. They also aims to inform people of their legal and moral responsibilities, the tools to recognise and put a stop to bullying and harassment, how to respond to inappropriate behaviour and the knowledge and skills necessary to work successfully as part of a diverse team.



RDM Harassment Advisors