Students Staff

Reporting harassment

The Harassment Advisory Network offers a confidential signposting service for staff and students who experience any kind of bullying or harassment, relating to, for example, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, religion, etc. We strongly recommend that you contact the Harassment Advisory Network if you're experiencing any form of harassment or bullying, even if you don't think it's serious.

If you believe that you have been the victim of a hate crime you can report it to the Hate Incident Reporting Centre via hirc@essex.ac.uk or directly to the police.

Additional support is available for students at the Student Services Hub and Human Resources.

How to contact the Harassment Advisory Network

The Harassment Advisory Network's confidential contact line operates from 9am to 5pm on weekdays only. Please remember if leaving a voice message or text that we need to have a contact number or email address so that we can help you.

Voice messages or texts received during the following periods will be dealt with on the next operational/working day:

  • overnight
  • weekends
  • public holidays
  • periods when the University is closed

If you're concerned about contacting us, for example, because of language difficulties or if you have an impairment of any kind, then please be assured that the Network will make every effort to accommodate you.

To arrange an appointment at any of our three campuses

Telephone: 01206 87 4334 if dialling from outside Colchester Campus or dial 224 4334 from a Studentcom Softphone

Text message: 07948 187107

Email: harass@essex.ac.uk

Drop-in sessions

The Harassment Advisory Network offers a Drop-In Session each Tuesday from 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm. No appointment is necessary, just turn up for a confidential 45 minute chat with one of our Harassment Advisers, who will help ‘signpost’ you to a route to a solution and support for any harassment issue you may have

The sessions will take place in the Multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre – Room 3.303, located Off Square 2, 3rd Floor and down the half-staircase.

Making a formal complaint

The University has processes in place for both staff and students to make a formal complaint about a student or about a member of staff.

Making a formal complaint is a very serious step.

If you're in any doubt and would like further advice before making a formal complaint, please contact the Harassment Advisory Network using the details above.