Harassment and Complaints


Harassment is any behaviour that is humiliating, intimidating or hostile and may include actions like derogatory name calling, belittling remarks, insults, threats, unwanted personal attention or physical assaults.  Harassment can take place online (via email and social media) as well as by face-to-face contact and telephone calls.

Harassment and bullying are taken very seriously by the University and there are policies in place to deal with incidences of this nature
Read our guide to dealing with harassment here.

If you feel you have been harassed but you are not ready to talk about it, you can anonymously report your experience here.

Harassment or Discrimination or Stalking by a member of the university community (staff or student)

Please speak to an adviser at the Advice Place. We can advise you in confidence and discuss all the options that are open to you as well as providing support,  you may wish to consider going through the University complaints procedure. EUSA also has a complaints procedure that you can read about here  if you are not sure which procedure is right for you please come and talk to us so we can help. If the harassment or discrimination could be a civil or a criminal matter then we may also discuss with you your options for taking civil legal action or reporting it to the police.


Sexual Harrassment

If you have experienced harassment of a sexual nature you can contact the advice place or Rape Crisis. We will talk through your options of what action you oculd take or what you can do now to ensure that evidence is saved in case you decide to report the incident to the Police at a later date. Depending on what happened, where and who the perpetrator was, there may also be the options of using internal or external complaints procedures.


Racial Harrassment / Homophobic harrassment
If you have experienced racial harassment, then you can report this as hate crime or hate incident. You can do this through the Advice Place as we are a Third Party Police Reporting site, you can lso do this online. They have a diversity unit who are there specifically to help people who have been victims of hate crime. That is crime that is motivated by someone’s race, sexual orientation, religion, disability or gender identification. Read more about hate crime on the Scotland’s Police Force Website.

Code of Student Conduct

The University does have a Code of Student Conduct that all students of Edinburgh University must adhere to. If you feel that you have been harassed by another student, then this may be dealt with by the School, using Code of Student Conduct.

If you feel the harassment could be resolved at a local level, you may wish to involve a third party who can speak to the student about their behaviour e.g. their Personal Tutor or Head of School. Heads of School have a responsibility to ensure that students in their school behave reasonably. However this step isnt necessary and you are able to proceed straight to the complaint procedure if you think this would be more effective. Once you submit your complaint, the complaint handling team will determine if the student is to be investigated using Code of Student Conduct or the complaint procedure. 

Remember we are here to help and you can discuss any issues you wish to with us, in confidence.


Last updated: 22/02/17