Students Staff

Guidelines for dealing with harassment and bullying

These guidelines have been designed to offer you practical ways of dealing with harassment, bullying, hate crime and assault.

Following the guidelines may help you to stop the harassment or bullying yourself. They will also explain how to get help from the University to deal with the problem as well as giving advice on dealing with hate crime, sexual harassment and assault.

The University of Essex does not tolerate any acts of sexual violence, harassment, or hate crime. Zero tolerance means that (i) we will take action and (ii) the action will be proportionate to the circumstances of the case.

Bringing in the Bystander® - bystander intervention awareness

Bringing in the Bystander® is a bystander intervention workshop with a robust evidence-base. Rather than focusing strictly on the roles of perpetrator and victim, the highly interactive Bringing in The Bystander® curriculum uses a community responsibility approach. It teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking may be occurring or where there may be risk that it will occur.

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity, including rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Sexual violence can be perpetrated by a stranger or by someone known and even trusted, including a friend, colleague, family member, partner or ex-partner.

Bringing in the Bystander® workshops

These workshops will help students, academics, professional services staff and community members to:

  • IDENTIFY behaviours on a continuum of violence
  • DEVELOP empathy for those who have experienced violence
  • PRACTICE safe and appropriate intervention skills
  • COMMIT to intervene before, during and after an incident of sexual abuse, relationship violence and stalking occurs

Contact us

To learn more about our bystander intervention workshops and how you can be a part of #ItEndsNow, email