It may be that you have recently experienced an incident of harassment for the first time and want advice on trying to prevent further incidents from occurring. Alternatively, you may have suffered a prolonged period of harassment in silence and feel as though you have finally reached breaking point. Whatever stage or circumstance, there are a number of people who are available to help you.
You may, in the first instance, want to discuss the matter in confidence with a friend or colleague who is familiar with the setting in which you work or study.
If you are a member of staff, you may want to discuss the matter with your Head of Department, departmental administrator, immediate supervisor, or trade union representative.
If you are a student, you may want to discuss the matter with your college dean, or another college officer with pastoral responsibilities. At a common room level, the Welfare or Equal Opportunities Officer may be a good person to talk to. Oxford SU Student Advice also provides a confidential and impartial listening and advice service. Alternatively the University has a professionally staffed confidential Student Counselling Service for assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems.
You may, however, prefer to make use of the University’s confidential harassment advisor network. There are approximately 447 harassment advisors across departments and faculties within the University. Details of the harassment advisors are posted on departmental and faculty office notice boards. There are also confidential advisors appointed within the colleges.
The University recommends that you discuss the situation with a harassment advisor before taking any other steps in response to the alleged harassment. Talking through the events and your feelings with the advisor will help you decide on the best way to deal with the behaviour and will clarify the options available to you.