At Ayrshire College, bullying or harassment of any kind is unacceptable.  If you are being bullied or harassed on the basis of, for example, your race, religion or belief (including no belief), or gender identity, then let us know.  
 
Is it harassment?  It is when:

Harassment can be described as unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Harassment may occur physically, verbally or non-verbally and it an be intentional or unintentional.  It also includes treating someone less favourably because they have submitted or refused to submit to such behaviour in the past.

Harassment may include, for example:
  • unwanted physical conduct or ‘horseplay’, including touching, pinching, pushing, grabbing, brushing past someone, invading their personal space and more serious forms of physical or sexual assault
  • offensive or intimidating comments or gestures, or insensitive jokes or pranks
  • mocking, mimicking or belittling a person’s disability
  • racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist jokes, or derogatory or stereotypical remarks about a particular ethnic or religious group or gender
  • outing or threatening to out someone as gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans
  • ignoring or shunning someone, for example, by deliberately excluding them from a conversation or a social activity.
 
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