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Student policies and documents

Bullying and Harassment

If you feel you are being bullied or harassed please seek support and advice.

Student Harassment & Bullying Policy

Everyone in the York St John community is expected to:

  • Act with courtesy and respect in all situations – with peers, colleagues and the local community.
  • Contribute to building a friendly community that is free from harassment and discrimination and where everyone feels safe and respected;
  • Actively engage in University life and challenge exclusion and prejudice in all forms;
  • Take responsibility for resolving problems, seek support when needed and treat others with dignity and respect.

Further details can be found in the Student Harassment & Bullying Policy.pdf (0.3 MB)

In addition to the above policy there is further information available here:

Hate crime

A 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 or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender. 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.

If you are affected by this you can visit Supporting Victims

Available support

If you are at risk now:

  • If you are on campus ring security 01904 876444
  • If you are off campus and fearful for your immediate safety: ring 999and ask for the police.
  • Try and take yourself to a safe place for example; a friend’s house, the library, Student’ Union or
  • Holgate Student Centre and be around people.

Professional support within the university:

If you feel you are being bullied or harassed and want to speak to someone about what options are available to you please contact:

  • Harassment Advisers are there to offer some support, discuss your options and navigate you through the university’s policies.
  • Your tutor or Head of School.
  • Welfare or 01904 876477 or you can visit the Student Information Desk in Holgate Student Centre to make an appointment.
  • If you would rather speak to someone from the Students’ Union, please contact your Vice President Welfare and or call into the Student Union building.
  • Wellbeing Drop-in: if you feel your mental health has been affected there are Wellbeing Drop in session on every weekday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1-2pm, Tuesday and Thursday 3-4pm. To attend one of these, visit the Student Information Desk in Holgate Student Centre at the relevant times.

Professional support outside the university

  • Police Community Support Officer(PCSO); whom at present is Claire Viney (collar number 3642). You can contact her through the police non-emergency number Tel: 101
  • If you are in immediate danger, ring the police on 999.
  • IDAS; if you are or have been affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. Confidential helpline Tel: 03000 110 110 or
  • Bridge House; if you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault. They offer a safe and welcoming environment and provide emotional and practical support. Tel:01904 669 339
  • The Bullying UK helpline is a useful support organisation, find advice and resources via Twitter @bullyinguk. Tel:0800 800 2222
  • Supporting Victimsfor advice and support if you think you are a victim of hate crime Tel: 01609 643100 or call North Yorkshire Police Tel:101
  • Helplines: it can be helpful to speak to someone on an anonymous basis and the following helplines allow you to do this: Samaritans Tel: 116 123 jo@samaritans.orgor Nightline Tel: 01904 323735 – 8.00am during York University’s term time.
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