We believe that bullying and harassment are never okay.

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened.  Harassment is when someone intentionally or unintentionally violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment, which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment.

Some forms of harassment are considered a Hate Crime.  A hate incident or crime is any act of violence or hostility against a person or property that is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a person due to a particular protected characteristic.

Bullying and harassment are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Dignity at Work and Study Policy.


  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).
  • Find a safe space.  If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere you feel safe. 
  • What are bullying and harassment? It might be useful to think about what is meant by bullying and harassment and how these behaviours are described.  
  • Report

  • Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the College's Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from a member of the WARMS team. If you choose to talk to an WARM they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you in confidence.
  • College Procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the College about a student or member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow - https://www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk/college/comments-complaints-%26-compliments
Get Support 
  • Find out what support is available if you think you have been bullied or harassed.
Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Find out more on the support available for mental health and wellbeing
  • Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the Colleges Welfare Team offers confidential help and is open to both students and staff.
  •  Togetherall - Please sign up to the togetherall platform by clicking the Togetherall link for support.

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