The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is strongly committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all our staff and students.
In keeping with the Prevention of Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy the Institute strives to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment. Bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are unacceptable behaviours and no member of the community is expected to tolerate such unacceptable behaviour from any other party while working or studying at UCL.
We need to ensure that everyone is protected from any such behaviour and affirm the right of community members to disclose experiences of unacceptable behaviour, to be listened to and to seek support. Everyone can be assured that appropriate action will be taken in the event of such a disclosure.
All staff and students have a responsibility to ensure a working and studying environment where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity. Each member of staff and each student is expected to contribute to preventing unacceptable behaviours, including harassment, bullying or sexual misconduct through self-awareness; and by modelling positive behaviour for others, and raising any concerns.
UCL academic, research, technical and professional services staff, student mentors and ambassadors are in a position of trust. It is important that exemplary behaviour is demonstrated. It must be remembered that actions can be misinterpreted by others, no matter how well intentioned. Due consideration should always be given as to what is an appropriate environment and what is appropriate conduct in relation to the activities which are being undertaken.
Please do take the time to read the policy. Managers should also familiarise themselves with the relevant guidance.
- Raising concerns
If anyone has experienced unacceptable behaviour it can be handled either informally or formally.
Members of staff who feel they have experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct may make a formal complaint against a staff member by using the Staff Grievance Policy or they may make a formal complaint against a student by contacting the Student Casework Team by emailing them on firstname.lastname@example.org . Either process may also be initiated through Report + Support.
Students who feel they have experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct by another student may make a formal report to the Student Casework Team by emailing them on email@example.com . This process may also be initiated through Report + Support.
Students who feel they have experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct by a member of staff may make a formal report to HR through Report + Support.
The student may contact the Student Mediator who will support them through either formal reporting process.
- Organisational support for staff and students
To promote such inclusivity within our Institute, we will be providing workshops for all staff and students as well as supporting courses and training sessions including ‘Where do you draw the line’ training sessions for staff and ‘Taking the lead’ training sessions for senior staff.