Dealing with intimidating behaviour

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Isolated incidents of unreasonable behaviour such as abruptness, sharpness or rudeness whilst unacceptable, will generally not be considered to amount to bullying.

However, individuals may want to let the other person know how their behaviour has made them feel in order to avoid a repeat of such behaviour.

Bullying or harassment may be by an individual against an individual or involve groups of people.

The University defines behaviour as being unacceptable if: Unacceptable behaviour does not have to be face-to-face, and may take many forms such as written, telephone or e-mail communications or through social media.

However, please note that disciplinary action will not be taken if a complaint made in good faith is judged to be unfounded.

offences Some forms of unacceptable behaviour may be serious enough to constitute a criminal offence.

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Acceptable behaviour The University expects that all employees will conduct themselves in a professional manner when interacting with others or when managing colleagues.If the behaviour does continue over a period of time this may be considered to be bullying/harassment.If a complaint brought under the Dignity at Work Policy is judged to be vexatious or malicious, disciplinary action may be taken against the complainant.Harassment, as defined in the Equality Act 2010, is unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.Bullying is a broader concept which may generally be characterised as: offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient (ACAS).

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