Offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened.
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.
Sexual harassment is when someone behaves in a way which makes you feel distressed, intimidated or offended and the behaviour is of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include: sexual comments or jokes, physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances and touching.
Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person's freely given consent, this includes completed or attempted acts and those that relate to alcohol / drug-facilitated acts.
Unlawful discrimination takes place when an individual or a group of people is treated less favourably than others based on one of the nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act (2010). These include, age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership (employees only), pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief (including lack of belief), and sexual orientation.
Refers to bad treatment directed towards someone who has made or is believed to have made or supported a complaint under the Equality Act. It includes situations where a complaint hasn't yet been made but someone is victimised because it's suspected they might make one.
The definitions provided on this page are for illustrative purposes only and are not an definitive list. The defintions are due to go through a SOAS community consultation. If you have experienced something that has made you feel uncomfortable, report it either anonymously or get support from one of our Dignity Advisors.
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Trans* is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum.
The following questions are optional. We monitor reports by these equality groups to inform our future work. For example, we might want to know how many female students have made a report in the last 6 months. We do not include any personal details in these monitoring reports.
The Equality Act 2010 describes a disabled person as:
"…anyone who has a physical, sensory or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities."
Do you consider yourself to be disabled within the definition of the Equality Act 2010?