The University has a network of trained Harassment Advisors (HAs) who provide a confidential information service to staff and students on issues relating to bullying and harassment.
All HAs are volunteers who work in a variety of roles across campus and carry out this task in addition to their day jobs. HAs receive training on the University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy and take part in a number of continuing professional development sessions each year. They have in-depth knowledge of the policy and procedures and what support is available to both staff and students.
If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced bullying or harassment, you can contact an advisor; go to the report section of this site.
Harassment Advisors can:
- Offer confidential information on issues relating to harassment, bullying and equality
- Listen to you without making any judgments about what you say
- Help you to clarify your thoughts about what is happening
- Explain the informal and formal procedures under the Dignity at Work and Study Policy
- Help you to explore the various options available to you
- Help you to explore other sources of support which may be available to you
Harassment Advisors cannot:
- Offer advice or solutions on what you should do
- Act as your advocate
- Make decisions on whether bullying or harassment has taken place
- Maintain confidentiality if they believe that there is a risk of harm to you or others
It might be useful to think about some some of the behaviours that describe:
- Report and Support - students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
- Making a complaint - if you choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow.
Harassment Advisors - an advisor can talk through the University's procedures, how to make a complaint and what support is available, in confidence.
- Student Wellbeing Services -offers a range of services dedicated to Bath Spa University students. In particular, we focus on advice and guidance for students on matters ranging from mental health to wellbeing and disability support.
- The BSUSU Advice Service - a free, confidential, impartial service where an advisor can talk through the procedure, how to make a complaint, what options are available and support you through the process. This support includes checking draft complaints and attending any meetings with the University.
- Mitigating Circumstances - if you feel your studies have been affected by what has happened you can consider applying for mitigating circumstances.
- Human Resource Contacts - if you are a member of staff or manager your HR Business Partner will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.
- Trade Unions - the trade unions that represent staff at the University are UNISON and UCU.
- Lifeworks - Bath Spa University’s employee assistance service.