If you are being bullied because of your disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, then this is considered to be a hate crime. SUBU Advice is a hate crime reporting centre, offering a confidential and safe space to talk about what has happened and identify the options available to you.

 

SUBU and BU do not tolerate bullying or harassment by any member of it's community, whether this be at University or off site. The BU Dignity and Respect Policy states: 'All members of the BU community have the right to bring a complaint to the University about bullying, harassment or victimisation, should it occur at the University, or should it be committed elsewhere by a member of the University community.'

 

Specialist sources of support

Ditch the Label is an online anti-bullying charity. They have a helpline which is open from 9.00-5.30 on 01273 201129. Bullying.co.uk also have a helpine offering free and confidential advice 0808 800 2222. If the bullying you are experiencing is via text, social network sites or other online sites you can also access support through  the Cybersmile Foundation  which is a anti cyberbullying non profit organisation that provides expert help and advice for cyberbullying victims and their families.

 

Support available at BU

SUBU Advice is here to help and can point you in the right direction for specialist advice and support. We can also advise you on relevant SUBU and BU Policies and Procedures, e.g. exceptional circumstances, formally known as mitigating circumstances. BU provides a Wellbeing service and staff in the Chaplaincy are also qualified to provide students with emotional support. You can also speak to your GP, friends, family and/or the Samaritans. Each Faculty also has a Student Support and Engagement Team who can provide you with advice and support. Contact the service/s you feel most comfortable approaching.