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Dignity at Work
The University of Kent has a Dignity at Work Policy in place which outlines:
- our commitment to developing an environment that offers dignity and
respect at work
- support services available
- procedures for handling complaints when this policy is breached by harassment or
Types of behaviour which might fall within the scope of this are outlined in the policy and may include: shouting at people; offensive remarks or display of literature; homophobic or racist comments; disclosure of private and sensitive information such as revealing someone's sexual orientation (i.e.outing someone) or disclosing information about someone’s disability without their consent; and physical touching (which might range from unnecessary and unwelcome touching to serious assault).
Incidents of harassment and bullying are best addressed promptly and locally and the University has a network of trained Harassment Contacts who can offer confidential support in this area. It is recommended that staff seek their advice as soon as possible if they suspect they are being subjected to inappropriate behaviour or conduct. The HR Employment Support and Resourcing Team are also able to offer guidance and support.
In addition, the University has an Emergency Response Team who are able to support anyone reporting an incident of rape or assault on campus when this occurs out of normal office hours.