Sexual harassment is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Dignity at Work and Study Policy.
Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which:
- violates your dignity
- makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated
- creates a hostile or offensive environment
You don’t need to have previously objected to someone's behaviour for it to be considered unwanted.
Some examples of sexual harassment include:
- physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances, touching and various forms of sexual assault
- displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature
- sending emails with a sexual content
- Emphasising the sex of a person or group in a negative way
- Suggestive and/or unwelcome sexual comments or gestures
- Unnecessary and/or unwelcome physical contact
- Pulling at or lifting someone's clothing and/or exposing their body (in public or private) without consent
- Unwelcome, sexually explicit comments or language via the internet
- Displaying or sending pornographic, degrading or indecent images electronically
Find out more
- Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provide some further information on unlawful harassment.
- Citizens Advice provide further information on sexual harassment