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Racial harassment includes any action or behaviour by one individual towards another based on differences in colour, culture, ethnic or national origin and general physical appearances related to these, which causes offence, intimidation and/or distress to the individual to whom it is directed. It also occurs when such action or behaviour creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working and social environment. Incitement to commit such action is equally culpable. Racial harassment will not be tolerated at UCL and can lead to disciplinary action.
If you are subjected to racial harassment, you are advised to take action in order to stop such unacceptable behaviour. You may choose to:
- make it clear to the person at the time that such behaviour is offensive and unacceptable;
- talk it over with friends, sympathetic colleagues or a Students' Union representative. One of them may agree to accompany you in taking the matter to a senior member of staff;
- arrange a confidential meeting with a senior member of staff such as your Tutor, and/or the Dean of Students and/or an Adviser to Women Students. You may take someone with you if you wish. In this way the matter may be resolved to your satisfaction by informal means.
If the problem is serious or has not been resolved satisfactorily on an informal basis, the incident(s) will become subject to appropriate disciplinary action via the Dean of Students if you wish this to happen.
UCL's Race Equality Policy contains further information on this subject.
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