Bullying is seen as a very high school concept, however, at University this does still happen; with anti-bullying week less than a month away (13th-17th November) I felt it was important to discuss this issue which happens anywhere and to anyone. But being bullied isn’t something to be ashamed about, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if you find yourself being bullied. The University does have a zero tolerance policy to bullying and any report of bullying, harassment, abuse etc. will be dealt with. A copy of the policy can be found here.
Because bullying at University is, wrongly, seen as a rarity you might feel a bit helpless and unsure who to talk to. There are the obvious avenues such as your family and friends but here are some options you might not have even thought of:
Your Personal Tutor: your personal tutor is there to help you through a number of different situations whether this be academic or personal. They are there to help you finish University with the best grade you can as well as having the best time you can. However, if you don’t get along well with your personal tutor, or you feel like you can’t trust them, you can always talk to any member of staff.
Fill out a Harassment Report Form: So you don’t feel like talking about the bullying you are facing right now? That’s fine, just fill out a Harassment Report Form with as much detail and information as you can and the Student Unions Staff will look at the form and they will talk to you about what your options are. Leaving details on the form are optional but if you leave a date on the form you can tell the Student Union Staff this date in order to get back in touch with them if you do want to talk about your situation. Click here for the link to the Harassment Report Form
Safe Space Drop In: Safe Space is a fabulous place, it is a 1-1 confidential drop-in service. The staff there will listen to your situation and will help you find what services can help you, whether this is University of Leicester or community support. They operate on a Friday 11-1 (term time) and they are located on the Upper Ground Floor of the Students Union in the Education Unit.
Counselling and Wellbeing: This a service which offers appointments for emotional and mental being. They offer free, confidential, face to face service to all students, whether you are an undergrad or a postgrad. More information can be found on their website – https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/counselling/aboutus They are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and they can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned on 0116 223 1780
If you find yourself in a situation and you aren’t sure what to do or who to turn to or you just feel like it is becoming a bit too much, here are some services that might be able to help:
Nightline: this a student-run telephone service for students which provides listening, support and information to services. This runs 8pm to 8am every night – more information can be found on their website and they can be contacted on 0116 223 1230
Samaritans: this hotline is open 24 hours, seven days a week on 116 123
Papyrus: this hotline is specifically for supporting teenagers and young adults and can be contacted on 0800 064 41 41
BullyingUk: these guys also have a website and have a hotline, they can be contacted on 0808 800 2222
I hope this information has helped you, and remember there is nothing to be ashamed of, as we are ‘All Different, All Equal’