Harassment is unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct which may (intentionally or unintentionally) violate a person’s dignity or create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment, which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment. It also includes treating someone less favourably because they have submitted or refused to submit to such behaviour in the past.

Unlawful harassment may involve sexual harassment or be related to a protected characteristic such as age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.  We believe harassment is unacceptable even if it does not fall within any of these categories. 

How to support others

You should first assess if there is any immediate danger. If there is immediate danger or anyone is seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).  If an incident has just happened try and find somewhere safe. 

Listen.  Make time to listen. Taking the time to listen to someone about what has happened can be helpful.  These six active listening tips might help you support them.
(Published on Oct 4, 2015 Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening.)   

Encourage them to seek support.
If someone you know has been affected, you can encourage them to seek support. This could be through support available at GCU - for example the Student Wellbeing Service,  or  GCU London Student Wellbeing, Counselling and Disabilities service or with an external support network including a GP or Specialised Support Centre.

There are a number of different support services available to students at Glasgow Caledonian University. If you are worried about someone who is a student at Glasgow Caledonian University we have developed some tailored support and advice. See our webpages for further information.

Reporting the incident. You can also choose to make an anonymous disclosure which will allow us to investigate if there are multiple instances in one area and help us to provide better support and inform prevention work across the university. 
If reports are submitted anonymously  the reporter will not receive any information relating to any potential action taken. Being unaware of the identity of the reporter, we will not be able to offer advice and support from the report. 

Support for you

There are a number of different support services available at Glasgow Caledonian University. If you need to talk to someone
and are a current student at the Glasgow Campus, the Student Wellbeing Service  offers confidential help to students. The  GCU London Student Wellbeing, Counselling and Disabilities service offer confidential support to GCU London students.

Students and staff at Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow and London campuses can also access support through Togetherall (which is a 24/7 support resource available), or explore the self-help resources which have been complied by the Student Wellbeing Service for you. 
There are a number of services which can provide support if you have experienced Harassment including:
Services which provide support for Online Harassment 

Immediate Concerns 

Please note that the services provided by Glasgow Caledonian University, and this report and support system, are not intended to provide urgent crisis support. 

If you have immediate concerns and are on campus  ask a member of staff to help you to call security and arrange for an ambulance. You will be able to identify a member of staff by blue lanyards which have the GCU logo and the words 'staff member' printed on them. 

The Glasgow Campus University security contact number is 0141 273 3787.
The London Campus University security contact number is  020 7837 5424.

If you are off campus call NHS 24 at  08454 242424 and take advice. 


There are two ways you can tell us what happened