Saturday 18th Feb. 9.30am to 4.30pm
Blackfriars is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment characterized by respect for others. Any form of harassment is strictly forbidden within the University and Blackfriars Hall and Studium. Harassment may broadly be understood to consist of unwarranted behaviour towards another person, so as to disrupt the work or reduce the quality of life of that person, by such means as single or successive acts of bullying, verbally or physically abusing, or ill-treating him/her, or otherwise creating or maintaining a hostile or offensive studying, working or social environment for him/her.
Unacceptable forms of behaviour may include unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favours, offensive physical contact or verbal behaviour of a sexual nature, or other hostile or offensive acts or expressions relating to people's sex, sexual orientation, religion or race. Being under the influence of alcohol or otherwise intoxicated will not be admitted as an excuse for harassment, and may be regarded as an aggravating feature. Allegations of harassment will be taken seriously.
There is a University of Oxford Code on Harassment and this can be viewed on the University website:
If you are subject to harassment of any kind during your time at Blackfriars you are encouraged to seek out help immediately.
You can also decide to bring the matter to the attention of either the authorities at Blackfriars, by informing one of the Moderators, or the University Proctors. In both cases prompt action will be taken within the general bounds of confidentiality.
Where a formal complaint is made to the authorities at Blackfriars, it will be investigated promptly. On finding that harassment within the terms of the University Code of Practice has taken place, the offender will be summoned before a disciplinary panel of both men and women appointed by the Hall and Studium, who may be drawn partly from other colleges and halls of the University. The panel will recommend to the Moderators any disciplinary action to be taken.
Whatever you decide, please don’t leave your problem unsolved. We are here to help.
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