Revision of Dignity & Respect for Students & Staff: policy & procedure

Having listened to feedback from the University community, we have revised the Dignity & Respect for Students & Staff of the University of Bath: policy & procedure for dealing with complaints.

We have also taken account of the Equality Act 2010 in the changes made.

The revised policy and procedure was completed with the involvement of staff and students from across all sections of the University. It was circulated for consultation to a wide range of staff, and to staff and student groups including the trade unions and Students’ Union.

The revised policy has been approved by the Executive Committee and comes into effect from today (8 December 2011).

It is available online: www.bath.ac.uk/equalities/policiesandpractices/dignityandrespectpolicy.pdf

The revised policy:

  • gives greater emphasis to the responsibility of all staff to maintain effective working relationships and to resolving issues informally wherever possible;
  • introduces a new formal procedure for investigating allegations necessary;
  • now also covers online bullying and other behaviours which have recently become unlawful.

The revised policy recognises the University’s Mediation Service as an important service for helping staff and students to improve their working and study relationships. More details of the service are available online:
www.bath.ac.uk/equalities/activities/mediation/ 

Mark Humphriss, University Secretary and Chair of the Equalities & Diversity Committee said: ‘We are pleased with the interest generated during the re-drafting and improvement of this policy. The revised policy underlines our determination to provide a supportive work and study environment.’

David Howells, SU President, had this to say about the revised policy: 'It's fantastic to see the University continuing to move forward and improve upon the existing good record of protecting both staff and students from bullying, harassment and discrimination.'

If you have any queries about the policy & procedure, please contact Marlene Bertrand or your HR Manager for questions regarding staff issues.

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