Dignity & Respect Policy

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The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Confirm the University’s commitment to providing an environment within which all staff, students and visitors are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Confirm the University’s commitment to providing an environment which is based on a sense of community and which is free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Ensure that the University complies with its legal requirements as defined under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Outline the informal and formal mechanisms and support which are available to staff and students if they perceive that they have been harassed, bullied or victimised. 


This policy covers all members of the University community including:

  • All members of staff holding contract of employment, honorary staff and staff from other organisations on placement or visiting the University.
  • All students, including visiting and placement students.
  • Visitors, including external persons or agencies using the University’s premises.
  • Contractors working at the University.
  • Individuals working or acting on the University’s behalf including suppliers of goods and services.


University Responsibilities
To ensure successful implementation of this policy, the University commits to:

  • Take action to ensure that all staff, students and others are aware of this policy through appropriate communication means such as the University website and other publications, as well as the provision of training, where appropriate.
  • Promote a culture of community in which every member is treated with courtesy and respect, underpinned by the “One Strathclyde” approach and irrespective of protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation or any other irrelevant factor.
  • Ensure that complaints of harassment, bullying or victimisation are treated seriously and with sensitivity.
  • Monitor complaints by protected characteristics and report these annually.

Individual Responsibilities
To ensure successful implementation of this policy, all individuals must:

  • Make themselves familiar with this policy and their responsibilities under it.
  • Participate in training which supports the implementation of this policy.
  • Behave in a positive manner at all times to ensure the University is a community within which all members are treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Not participate in, or condone, any acts that could be perceived to constitutes discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation.
  • Modify behaviour should they become aware that they have behaved unacceptably in relation to this policy.
  • Managers have a responsibility to address any incidents of bullying, harassment or victimisation that they observe or witness even though no complaint may have been made by the subject.


Students who feel that they have been bullied, harassed or victimised or have been accused of bullying, harassing and victimising others can seek support and advice form the following contacts and services:

  • Student Counselling
  • The Advice Hub at the Students’ Association
  • Dignity and Respect Advisors
  • The University Chaplaincy
  • Advisor of Studies or Academic Counsellor
  • Equality and Diversity Manager
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission


Dignity & Respect Policy

Relevant Links

Here are additional links of interest

Student Counselling

The Advice Hub

The University Chaplaincy

Equality & Diversity Webpages

Equality & Human Rights Commission

Academic Policies & Procedures


Updated as of 1st September 2013.


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