Dignity and Respect

The social and cultural diversity that everyone brings to our community is of immense value to the University.  All students and staff are expected to act with courtesy and respect, contribute to our inclusive and welcoming community, challenge exclusion and prejudice and take responsibility for resolving problems and seek support when needed. 

Staff: Dignity at Work

The Dignity at Work Policy sets out the rights and responsibilities of our staff to act with respect and consideration to others at work. The Dignity at Work Procedure sets out the way in which the University will deal with any concerns or complaints of harassment, bullying or inappropriate behaviour raised by members of staff. For concerns about a student's behaviour, please consult the student discipline procedure.

If you would like to speak to someone, the Dignity and Respect Network's members are trained volunteers who are there to listen, to hear and to understand what has happened, and to offer help and support whether or not you wish to make a formal complaint. Speaking to a network member does not invoke formal action but will assist you by providing support and advice on the options open to you.

Staff may also choose to speak to their line manager, Head of School, a member of the Human Resources Department or a Trade Union Representative. In addition, staff may also access counselling services through the Employee Assistance Programme.

Dignity at Work Policy & Procedure (PDF, 0.4MB)

Dignity and Respect Network


Human Resources Department

Trade Union Representative

Employee Assistance Programme


Students: bullying and harassment

The University has a Student Harassment and Bullying Policy & Procedure which details information on what to do and advice on how to respond. The University has also established a network of trained Student Harassment Advisors to help support students who believe they are being bullied or harassed by other students. If appropriate one of our Welfare Advisors can offer facilitated meetings between the parties to try and mediate a resolution. This will be an opportunity to discuss the issue and aim to find an agreed solution to the problem for all concerned. If you are a student and have concerns about a member of staff, please use the student complaints procedure.

Bullying and harassment (Student Services)


Sexual abuse, harassment and violence

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is when someone behaves in a way which makes you feel distressed, intimidated or offended and the behaviour is of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. Sexual harassment is not okay and has no place in the University community. If you have experienced sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual abuse or violence, now or in the past, please report it or seek support.

Building Healthy Relationships is a HEFCE funded project, carried out in partnership with York College, IDAS and Survive. The project aims to highlight the importance of healthy relationships, consent and respect through open dialogue within our student communities to strengthen prevention of sexual violence and harassment. We are developing resources and offer training to students and staff.

Sexual harassment

Sexual assault

Building Healthy relationships

Hate crime

York is one of the safer student cities in the UK, but hate crime happens, as it does in all parts of the country. In rare cases, students and staff might meet people who use words or actions against them because they have (or are perceived to have) a particular identity. 

hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race; religionsexual orientationdisability; or gender identity. It does not matter whether the victim actually belongs to the group at which the hostility is targeted. An act which is not an offence may be treated as a hate incident. Any allegation of hate crime is likely to invoke the disciplinary procedures. Incitement to racial hatred and incitement to religious hatred are criminal offences.

If you have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime, or you believe that someone is stirring up racial or religious hatred, please report it or seek support.

Hate crime and incidents

Freedom of Speech

Watch the Hate Hurts video on YouTube


We offer a number of ways for our students and employees to access support, internally and externally. Please follow the links to find the right support for you. 

Workplace Support

Students Welfare Advice

Students' Union

For information about this webpage, please email Marije Davidson, Equality and Diversity Adviser, at equalities@yorksj.ac.uk



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